You can contact IPHC to see if there is a port sampler (or other fisheries agency sampler) nearby to assist in the data collection, or you can collect the data yourself. If it’s the latter case, there are a few things we’d like you to do:
Removal method depends on the type of tag.
Don’t lose the tag–it’s the proof you’ll need to get your reward.
Measure the length of the fish (preferably in centimeters) from the tip of its mouth (chin) to the middle of the fork in its tail. The proper measurement is a flat, horizontal distance rather than a measurement which follows the contour of the fish. Please make certain the fish is on a flat surface and that the mouth is closed.
The otoliths, or earbones, are used to determine the age of the fish. There are 3 pairs of otoliths in each fish, although only 1 pair is easily visible.
In addition to the otoliths and fork length, we would like to collect the following information:
If more than one tagged fish is recovered, please keep the information from each fish separate.
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