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TAG-A-GIANT

Cape Lookout Draws Attention of International Fishing Community in a Non-Profit Event


(Wednesday, January 06,1999 - Morehead City, NC) A collaborative effort between scientists and the recreational fishing community is providing valuable information necessary in solving critical stock issues surrounding Bluefin tuna. As part of the "TAG-A-GIANT" project, researchers from Stanford University and Monterey Bay Aquarium will converge on Morehead City, NC and Cape Lookout National Seashore to surgically implant computer tags into the giant fish. Dr. Barbara Block of Stanford University is heading the project, which takes place December 28, 1998 through January 11, 1999.

Bluefin tuna are highly sought after by the international fishing community, as a single Bluefin tuna can weigh in excess of 1000 pounds and can wholesale for as much as $80,000. Tag-A-Giant research is providing new data on the offshore movement patterns and biology of these giant fish that will aid in future management decisions.

An ingenious procedure allows the recreational fishermen to capture, then transfer the fish to a surgery boat without the fish ever leaving the water. Once the researchers have the fish, they bring it aboard the boat, surgically implant tags and have the fish back in the water in a matter of minutes. During the months of December and January these giant fish are captured right off the beach of Core Banks, Shackleford Banks, and Bogue Banks in as little as 8 feet of water. The historic Cape Lookout Lighthouse is always in sight.

The Cape Lookout Sportfishing Association, a non-profit group, and Duke University at Pivers Island, NC are hosting this event. A special one-day seminar will be held at the auditorium of Duke Marine Lab on Monday, December 28 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. This event will feature such acclaimed scientists as Dr. Barbara Block, lead researcher from Stanford University.

For additional information, contact Bill Hitchcock, President of the Cape Lookout Sportfishing Association at (252) 223-2066 or David Galyon at (252)-240-1286.