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Pacific Salmon and Steelhead High-seas Tag Recovery Program

 

Program Overview
Rewards for Tag Recovery
About Tags
What to do if you catch a tagged fish
Addresses for Tag Returns
Results of Recent Tagging Experiments
 

Program Overview

High seas salmon tagging has been conducted from the 1950s to the present by placing disk tags on salmon and steelhead during research cruises in the North Pacific Ocean, Gulf of Alaska, and Bering Sea. These studies have been used to investigate ocean distribution, migration, and growth of salmon at sea. Reporting salmon and steelhead tag recoveries is important because it provides direct evidence of the distribution and ocean habitat of salmon, which can be affected by climatic changes, and helps to conserve salmon stocks in North Pacific ecosystems. Some disk-tagged fish also carry an electronic tag. Recoveries of undamaged electronic tags provide detailed information on the individual salmon's behaviour by recording the fish's swimming depth and other information about the fish's habitat. Disk tags and electronic tags are easy to see because they are placed outside the fish's body, near the dorsal fin. Please return high seas salmon and steelhead tags.
 

Rewards for Tag Recovery

Any member of the public (i.e., fishermen, processors, non fishery-agency personnel) who returns a NPAFC High Seas Tag will receive a custom-embroidered baseball cap with the high seas salmon tagging emblem.  In addition, persons returning tags will be entered into the next drawing for cash prizes.

 


Salmon Tagging Rewards at 2014 Annual Meeting. 
See NPAFC Newsletter No. 36: 4-5

About Tags

Disk Tags
Several types of plastic disk tags have been placed on salmon and steelhead. These disk tags are about 3/4" (19 mm) in diameter and each is imprinted with a unique identification number.

  • red NPAFC-logo plastic disk tag (Fig. 1A and B)
  • other tags are red and white, or solid red plastic disks (Fig. 1C and D).
     

Electronic Tags
 Several types of electronic data-recording tags have been placed on salmon and steelhead.

  • blue hexagonal tag (Fig. 2A; records water temperature)
  • green rectangular tag (Fig. 2B; records water temperature and fish swimming depth)
  • electronic cylindrical tag (Fig. 2C; records water temperature and fish swimming depth)
  • white cylindrical tag (Fig. 2D; records water temperature, fish swimming depth, and salinity)
     


            Fig. 1.  Disk tags.

 
             Fig. 2.  Electronic tags.

What to do if you catch a tagged fish

  1. collect tag (if the tag cannot be collected, then record the tag number and description)
  2. record catch location, date, time, species, sex, length, weight, and fishing gear

  3. collect scales for age and growth information

  4. send the tags and other information to one of addresses below. Make sure to include your name, address, and a phone number, so we can send you your tag recovery reward and provide you with information on when and where in the ocean your fish was tagged and released. Or call one of the contact numbers listed below.

 See our tag return poster for details (in English, Japanese, Korean, or Russian) .

 

Addresses for Tag Returns

Canada Japan Korea
Mark Saunders
Pacific Biological Station
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
3190 Hammond Bay Road
Nanaimo, BC   V9T 6N7  
Canada
Tel: 250-756-7145
E-mail: Mark.Saunders@dfo-mpo.gc.ca
Yasuo Tomida
Stock Conservation Group
Salmon Resources Division,
Hokkaido National Fisheries Research Institute,
Fisheries Research Agency
2-2 Nakanoshima, Toyohira-ku
Sapporo   062-0922
Japan
Tel: 011-822-2340
E-mail: tomida@fra.affrc.go.jp
Ju Kyoung Kim
Yangyang Salmon Station,
East Sea Branch Korea Fisheries Resources Agency (FIRA)
119 Dongmyeong-ro, Sonyang-myeon
Yangyang-gun, Gangwon-do, 215-821
Republic of Korea
Tel: 033-672-0050
E-mail: loginkjk@fira.or.kr
 
Russia United States NPAFC
Maxim Koval
Kamchatka Scientific Research Institute of Fisheries and Oceanography (KamchatNIRO)
18 Naberezhnaya St.
Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky    683602
Russia
Tel: 4152-294-635
E-mail: koval.m.v@kamniro.ru
Jeff Guyon
National Marine Fisheries Service
Auke Bay Laboratories,
Ted Stevens Marine Research Institute
17109 Point Lena Loop Road
Juneau, AK   99801
USA
Tel: 907-789-6079
E-mail: jeff.guyon@noaa.gov
North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission
Secretariat
Suite 502, 889 West Pender Street
Vancouver, BC    V6C 3B2
Canada
Tel: 604-775-5550
E-mail: secretariat@npafc.org
     
 

Results of Recent Tagging Experiments

Recoveries of high-seas tags in 2011 and tag releases in 2012 from high-seas research vessel surveys in the North Pacific Ocean  NPAFC Doc. 1438, 2012

Recoveries of high-seas tags in 2010 and tag releases in 2011 from high-seas research vessel surveys in the North Pacific Ocean  NPAFC Doc. 1358, 2011

2009 Reported Recoveries of High-Seas Tags and Tag Releases in 2010 from High-seas Research Vessel Surveys in the North Pacific Ocean  NPAFC Doc. 1268, Rev. 1, 2010

Recoveries of high-seas tags in 2008-2009 and tag releases in 2009 from high-seas research vessel surveys in the North Pacific Ocean  NPAFC Doc. 1197, Rev. 1, 2009.

Recoveries of high-seas tags in 2007-2008 and tag releases in 2008 from high-seas research vessel surveys in the North Pacific Ocean  NPAFC Doc. 1119, 2008.

 





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