Yellowtail flounder stocks and movement
patterns throughout the waters of the Gulf of Maine and southern New England
are poorly understood. Due to the uncertainty regarding these stocks,
a cooperative yellowtail flounder tagging study was initiated in fall of
2003 by NOAA Fisheries' Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC).
New England are working with NEFSC to tag and release yellowtail from
the Gulf of Maine through Georges Bank and southern New England in an ongoing
collaboration to better understand yellowtail movement, mortality,
are tagged with either a pink disk tag or an archival data storage tag that
temperature and depth.
Tagging by SMAST
researchers is just
part of a larger multi-agency cooperative tagging program targeting yellowtail
flounder. Yellowtail flounder
are tagged throughout southern New England by the Massachusetts
Division of Marine Fisheries (MDMF) and School for Marine Science
and Technology (SMAST), under the guidance of the National Marine
Fisheries Service (NMFS)
Cooperative Research Partners Initiative(CRPI). Information
about the overall project can be found at http://www.cooperative-tagging.org/. To
learn more about the SMAST tagging effort, click on the items in the
menu below and at left.