This page is not quite ready, but it will soon be the home of a fish tagging database and mapping tool!
Here you will be able to simply input a tag number, and instantly* receive information about where and when your fish was originally tagged, as well as any record of your fish being spotted by others! (*provided we have the fish information for your tag!).
What does a tag look like?
Coming Soon: We will be adding photos and descriptions of the different types of tags you might encounter, and information about the various tagging programs to give you a better idea of what sort of information you can expect to see on a tag.
What species are being tagged?
Up to four species were actively tagged from 2010 - 2018:
Striped Bass (Morone saxatilis) - Striped Bass Research Team (2012-2018)
(2010 tags from Jeremy Broome, Acadia Centre for Estuarine Research)
Winter Skate (Leucoraja ocellata) - Julia Whidden (2012-2015), Emma Carmichael (2016-2017), SBRT (2018)
Little Skate (Leucoraja erinacea) - Julia Whidden (2012-2015), Emma Carmichael (2016-2017), SBRT (2018)
Atlantic Sturgeon (Acipenser oxyrinchus) - Dr. Mike Dadswell, Acadia University (retired)
What if the tag is not one from the Striped Bass Research Team?
There are several groups that tag striped bass (and other species) including SBRT, DFO, NGOs, and other scientists from Acadia or other institutions. We know most of these people and will do our best to help you find out tag information, but ultimately, we have no control over what other groups are doing :-)
What should I do if I catch a fish with a tag in it?
First, and most importantly - be excited! That little plastic tag kickstarts you into the world of striped bass (and other species) conservation, research efforts, and local science. Plus, it can help you win prizes and bragging rights!
If possible, leave the tag in the fish. If it is not possible to leave the tag in the fish, you may remove the tag. It's better to remove the tag than lose valuable information about the fish!
Record the total length of the fish, tag colour, number, and any other text found on the tag. It may be helpful to take a photo (front and back) of the tag.
Return the fish to the water in good condition. If you choose to retain a keeper, simply remove the tag!
Record your location, date, and time. All of this information will result in a complete record and enhance what can be done with your data.
Record how many total striped bass of any size (including those not tagged!) you caught during the same fishing period. This will help us apply your catch data to our population estimate analysis (read more below!).
Return all of the tag information to us - if your tag isn't already in our database, we'll find out where it comes from, and return the information to you! If the tag was removed, keep it safe! We may come and get it from you.
Return the tag information by:
(Soon!) Going to www.trackmyfish.ca and entering the tag information directly into our database. If your tag is included in our database, this is the fastest way for you to find out more about your fish!
Emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with the tag information and/or your photos of the tag.
Mailing the tag information to Trevor Avery, Biology Department, Acadia University, 33 Westwood Ave, Wolfville, NS, B4P2R6
Sending the information to the contact printed on the tag. However, this method may be unreliable if the tag contact is outdated.