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    Default Tagging Yellowfish

    I know science and gathering data is important, but does tagging in this way seem reasonable to you? Is there any chance this fish will behave naturally or even survive? I think that if you have to butcher your subject to obtain your information you should stop and think about what you are doing and come up with another method.

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    Ironically read the editor's page in a TCFF last night. PJ mentioned this, and reported 9/10 fish surviving this without any issues.
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    Telemetry is a good thing, just wished the design on the tag would be better.

    Sometimes, you just have to sacrifice for the good of science and conservation.

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    I think researchers assume that Yellowfish tagged this way will act naturally. They need to proof that it is indeed the case or else their conclusions may be worth less than the paper it is written on. If the fish do act naturally they can obtain valuable information about the movement, habitat preference and time fish spend in different areas. Such information cannot be obtained by any other means. I don't like it and I am sure I am not the only one! But I think if it can provide information that may assist in the conservation of the species it should be allowed, provided it is done in a responsible manner.
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    It was found that when Marlin was caught and then tagged that the fish always moved out of the area, then someone had the idea to shoot a dart with a tracker attached and it was found that these fish stayed in the area.

    So the method of capture and how the tag is attached will change the way the fish behaves.

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    Stones likes to tag his yellows with a 12gauge or 357 magnum...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shamwari View Post
    Stones likes to tag his yellows with a 12gauge or 357 magnum...
    Ja, you have to hey........those yellows are too quick

    I don't do the tagging thing myself though.

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    I've also seen where they chuck that needle or whatever it's called right through the dorsal fin of a Largie, plenty of Largies mind you. It's all about that next paper isn't it?
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    Have you ever stopped and wondered what can be learned from such a telemetry study and how important it is?
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    I couldn't give a rat's r's about a study if the people who conducts them don't know how to handle fish. I've heard stories that will blow your mind.
    Last edited by Gerrit Viljoen; 08-02-12 at 04:35 PM.
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