recapture of a yellowfin tuna in the history of the program, which began in
"What makes this
recovery exciting," said Robert Wiggers, a DNR fisheries biologist who
administers the tagging program, "is that 151 yellowfin have been tagged and
released by volunteers, but none have been recovered until now.
This fish was at
large for nine years, packed on about 174 pounds and was recaptured close to
4,000 miles from where it was initially tagged."
As evident from
this tag recovery, Atlantic yellowfin tuna are a highly migratory species and
thus are a target species for both domestic and international fisheries. This
fact should be of interest to recreational anglers when considering the impacts
on the overall population of such fisheries.