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Dear Volunteer Tagger,
Thank you for participating in the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries Volunteer Red Drum Tagging Program. Since 1983, over 30,000 red drum have been tagged by volunteer anglers through this program. In 2017, a total of 1,087 adult red drum were tagged throughout coastal North Carolina from Carova in the north to Oak Island in the south (map below). We are still tallying the results for 2018 and cannot finalize this summary until we have data from all of you. Please send your data via mail or e-mail. Many thanks to those who have already reported for 2018.
During 2018, a total of 20 recaptures were reported. A few highlights from the year include a fish tagged by Captain George Beckwith that was recaptured near Maw Point, Bay River after 1844 Days (five years) at-large. The recapture area is 3 miles from the tagging location near the Neuse River light. No out-of-state returns occurred in 2018. The greatest distance between tagging and recapture locations for a fish was 70 miles. That fish was tagged in Ocracoke Inlet on September 9, 2017 and recaptured at Brown’s Inlet on June 19, 2018. A summary of all returns for 2018 can be found in the attached table. Also included with this letter is a map showing the distribution of red drum tagging by volunteers in 2017.
As a bonus this year we have included a map of all adult red drum tagged by volunteers since the beginning of the program. You can see that, thanks to you and other volunteer taggers, this tagging program has covered coastal North Carolina very well over the years.
As always, if you have any questions or need any supplies, please do not hesitate to contact me. You can also contact Stephen Johnson for supplies (Stephen.Johnson@ncdenr.gov). The data you collect is very important to us and we appreciate your continued efforts.
Again, thank you for all you do, and we hope you have a successful year of fishing in 2019!
Marine Fisheries Biologist Supervisor NC Division of Marine Fisheries (252) 473-5734
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