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FALL 2017

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www.GuyHarveyMagazine.com | 67 resource worth investing in. The best type of resource management requires proactive action to gather good baseline data, followed by consistent, long- term quality monitoring with community and governmental support. And that's exactly what we set out to do on our first-ever roosterfish research expedition. Many fishermen believe roosterfish do not move far from "their rock," but from work done on other pelagic species, we suspect they migrate farther distances than people think. Thus, our first task was to test the fishermen's theory: do roosterfish stay close to home all year round? Or do they migrate and return to "their rock" in a cyclical pattern? Given that TSL hosts an annual catch-and-release roosterfish tournament, we thought that would be the best place to start. To get good analysis, researchers need to catch a lot of fish, and the tournament provided the perfect opportunity to increase our fishing effort in a short space of time. So we kitted out 12 angling teams with tagging kits with help from Tournament Director Eleanor Armstrong and fishing guru and summer intern Heather Harkavy. Each kit consisted of yellow spaghetti tags, a tag injector, tissue vials, measuring tape and data cards. After the tournament briefing was given, we explained the procedure to tag a roosterfish and what data to collect. This included the standard variables such as time, date, approximate weight, fork length (mouth to tail fork length), tag number, any interesting notes and the angler's contact information. If a tagged fish was recaptured, we could then compare the locations for where it was re-caught relative to where it was originally caught and determine how much the fish had grown in that time. This will be compared to findings by Dr. Sofia Ortega-Garcia and her colleagues, including Dr. Chugey Sepulveda of the Pfleger Institute of Environmental Research (PIER), who study roosterfish growth, age and Above: The resort's fleet of Bertram fishing boats. To get good analysis, researchers need to catch a lot of fish and the tournament provided the perfect opportunity to increase our fishing effort in a short space of time.

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