Report a Tagged Fish

Tagged Fish Overview

Presently we are tracking the movements of red snapper, gray triggerfish, and some shark species in the Gulf of Mexico.  Our tagged fish can have blue, white, or yellow external tags that have Auburn University, 251-990-4858, and a 4-digit tag number written on the side of them.  All of the fish tagged in this study are tagged in the belly.  Many of these fish also have internal tags located within the gut cavity.  We offer a $150 reward for the return of an Auburn University tagged fish as long as the fish carcass, internal, and external tags are returned.  Not all of the tagged fish have an internal tag, but the reward is still $150 for carcass and external tag.  To receive the reward, you may keep the fillets, but please attempt to keep the external tag attached to the fish.  Please call the Auburn University Marine Fish Lab in Fairhope, AL (251-990-4858) and we will send someone to pickup the fish carcass and tag.   We do not give out rewards if the fish carcass is not returned.  We do not give out rewards for red snapper that are tagged in the back with yellow tags, or for fish caught out of season. We will give out rewards for fish caught by commercial fishers that have quotas anytime of year.

 

Equipment Used & Location of External Tags

 

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WHAT SHOULD YOU DO IF YOU RECAPTURE AN AUBURN UNIVERSITY TAGGED MARINE FISH?

1. Please keep the fish carcass, external and internal tags

2. Contact Auburn University Marine Fish Lab, Fairhope, AL: phone (251- 990–4858) so we can schedule a pick up of the fish carcass and tags.

3. Provide AU with as much information as possible about the captured fish, such as when, private boat, charter boat or commercial vessel, and if possible locations.  We understand fishers not wanting to reveal their private hot spots, and not giving up the exact location will not affect your reward. We are most interested in the residency, growth rates and movements of the tagged fish.

4. Once AU staff have confirmed that you have recaptured one of our fish, fill out the AU vendor form (required to receive the reward).  Located at: https://secure.auburnuniversity.net/system/register.mv?type=Vendor&domain=vendor.  Your reward will be mailed to the address that you provide within 4 to 8 weeks, if you have not received your reward please call the Auburn University Marine Fish lab, Fairhope, AL (251-990–4858).


DID YOU CATCH AN AU TAGGED FISH IN FRESHWATER OR A RED SNAPPER WITH A YELLOW TAG IN THE BACK?

Our research lab presently only tags marine fish with internal anchor tags in the belly, but we would be happy to help you locate the correct lab at Auburn University (click the link below that applies for your tagged fish).

AU Tagged Fish Caught in the Mobile Delta

AU Tagged Fish Caught in a Northern AL Lake

Also a new red snapper tagging study was started in 2016 that is not our study. These red snapper are tagged in the back with yellow tags.  Please contact red@auburn.edu, 1-855-818-9983.

 

 

 

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