Atlantic Tarpon are large highly migratory fish that frequent coastal and inshore waters of the tropical and subtropical central Atlantic Ocean. Their popularity as a supreme recreational fishing challenge has influenced their economic importance throughout their range. At TBRC our research focus applies cutting edge technologies and innovative modeling techniques to study tarpon population dynamics. Since 2001 we have tagged over 250 tarpon with state of the art satellite tracking tags. Employing this technology has led to a perspicacious understanding of adult migratory patterns, habitat, depth, and temperature preferences (see recent studies). This work is ongoing with tagging efforts taking place throughout the Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean Sea and Western Atlantic. In addition to large scale tagging efforts, we have established a focused effort on studying the local movement patterns within the Everglades National Park utilizing a combination of satellite and hydro-acoustic tags.
Help us find satellite tags that have detached from tarpon. Click on the pictures below, can you spot the tag?
Each year the TBRC attaches dozens of high tech satellite tags to tarpon throughout the Western Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean to help us understand their migratory patterns. This work would not be possible without our enormous network of guides and anglers who help us locate and catch these amazing fish throughout their range. In addition to the guides and anglers who help place the tags we also rely on volunteers like you who can help us locate these tags when they detach from the tarpon.