Tag-a-Tiny 2007 began in the wee hours of August 13th in a quiet neighborhood of Cape Cod
Billy Keith and Cliff Hampton with a fish on
Unlike the implanted archival tags we deployed in 2005-2006, X-Tags will release after a year of attachment and transmit temperature, depth and position information from the surface, making the recovery of migration and behavior data fishery independent. Until now, pop-up satellite tags have been too large to deploy on juveniles. Our efforts represent an important advance for bluefin biology as the migration routes, as well as behavior relative to depth and temperature, of juvenile Atlantic bluefin tuna is largely unknown.
By the end of the day we had deployed five X-Tags on juvenile bluefin tuna off
Tag-a-Tiny team and crew of the F/V Tammy Rose (
From left to right: Billy Keith, first mate of the Tammy Rose; Ben Galuardi, LPRL; Cliff Hampton, long time angler and co-owner of The Hook-up! ©; Eric Stewart, captain and co-owner of The Hook-up! ©; Greg Skomal, Shark Biologist,
-Ben Galuardi, Research Scientist LPRL
Photo credits: Ben Galuardi and Greg Skomal