Game Fish Tagging Program
The Game Fish Tagging Program is the largest citizen science tagging program of its kind in the world and has been in operation since 1973. It involves anglers getting vital information on the biology of fish (primarily billfish, tuna, sharks and sport fish) through tagging, while encouraging fishers to participate in the management of the fishery.
- 10,860 tag cards received and entered and around 460 reported recaptures, demonstrating that fish tagging for the program has returned to pre-Covid levels
- distribution of 10,550 pelagic, 12,200 billfish, 4,050 shark, 600 flathead and 695 Snapper tags to game fishing clubs and individual anglers
- continued growth and participation of recreational anglers tagging key sportfish like Mulloway, Snapper and flathead
- continued use of data from the program utilised in several research publications, harvest strategy development, and other reports and articles
- increased participation from Game Fishing Clubs in the South Pacific
- continued development of the game fish tagging database.