Report A Tagged Fish
TAG EXAMPLES & LOCATION
In recent years 2008 to 2017, Auburn University Marine Fish Lab (Fairhope, AL) has been tagging red snapper and gray triggerfish with blue external tags, and some shark species with orange external tags in the Gulf of Mexico. In earlier years 1990 to 2008 we tagged red snapper with yellow or white tags. These older yellow and white tags would be rare, but have been returned with just the wire sticking out.
These older tagged red snapper are very important and we still can get the fish information from internal tags, thus please keep you eye out for a single wire sticking out of larger red snapper.
All tags display Auburn University, 251-990-4858, and a 4-digit tag number written on the side of them. Most of the fish tagged in this study are tagged in the belly. Many of these fish also have internal tags located within the gut cavity.
We offer a $150 reward for the return of an Auburn University fish tag, but need the fish carcass, internal and external tags. To receive the reward, you may keep the fillets but we need the carcass. Please attempt to keep the external tag attached to the fish.
Not all of the tagged fish have an internal tag, but the reward is still $150 for carcass and external tag.
Please call the Auburn University Marine Fish Lab in Fairhope, AL at:(251-990-4858). We will schedule a time for someone to come pickup the fish carcass and tag.
Remember, please return the fish carcass with the tag. We do not give out rewards for red snapper that are tagged in the back with yellow tags, or for fish caught out of season. We will still give out rewards for fish caught by commercial fishers that have quotas anytime of year.
WHAT SHOULD YOU DO IF YOU CAUGHT AN AUBURN TAGGED FISH?
Step 1 - What to keep
Please keep the fish carcass, external and internal tags. The carcass and external tag are required to receive a reward.
Step 2 - Who do I call?
Contact Auburn University Marine Fish Lab, Fairhope, AL: phone (251- 990–4858) so we can schedule a pick up of the fish carcass and tags.
Step 3 - A few details
Provide AU with as much information as possible about the captured fish, such as when, private boat, charter boat or commercial vessel, and if possible locations.
We understand fishers not wanting to reveal their private hot spots and not giving up the exact location will not affect your reward. We are most interested in the residency, growth rates and movements of the tagged fish.
Step 4 - Tagged Fish Reward
Once AU staff have confirmed that you have recaptured one of our fish, fill out the AU vendor form (required to receive the reward). Located at: AU Business and Finance Payment.
Your reward will be mailed to the address that you provide within 4 to 8 weeks, if you have not received your reward please call the Auburn University Marine Fish lab.
DID YOU CATCH A FRESHWATER AU Tagged Fish OR A RED SNAPPER WITH A YELLOW TAG IN THE BACK?
The Auburn Marine Fish Lab research presently only tags marine fish with internal anchor tags in the belly. If your yellow fish tag is located in the back, please contact the Quantitative Fisheries Lab.