ICCAT Tropical Tuna Tagging Program (AOTTP)

01 January 2015

The Atlantic Ocean Tropical Tuna Tagging Program (AOTTP) – At the start of 2017 the International commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) contracted CapMarine to undertake a large-scale tag and release program for tropical tunas in the south east Atlantic Ocean. The target is to tag six and a half thousand tunas from three species – yellowfin, bigeye and skipjack – during the first 18 month phase of the project. Tagging activities started at the beginning of February with the CapMarine team operating out of Hout Bay harbour under an explicit capture and release research permit issued by the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF).
Also managed by CapMarine and running alongside the tagging operations is an extensive Awareness and Recovery Program. South African commercial, recreational and subsistence fisherman are being regularly updated and informed about the tagging activities through the distribution of pamphlets and posters and the publication of magazine articles. Anglers are encouraged to report tag recoveries (+27636342503) and will be issued with a cash reward and program t-shirt for each tag recovered.
For more information on the project check out this article:
www.anglerstalk.co.za/Magazine/Mar1...
or email iccatrecovery@gmail.com.

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