Southern Miss researchers “angling” for scientific data invite local fishermen to join the Striped Bass Fish Hunt, Dec. 19 and 20. The goal of the two-day tag and release event sponsored by Gulf Coast Research Laboratory is to implant acoustic tags in as many striped bass as possible.
Registration is free and open both days from 6-9 a.m. at Popp’s Ferry boat launch, Biloxi, Miss. To preregister, e-mail Jay Dieterich,
or call 228.818.8820 or 856.371.9692.
GCRL fisheries biologists are studying the movement patterns and habitat use of striped bass in coastal Mississippi waters.
The collection area is limited to Biloxi Back Bay (west of I-110), Big Lake, Bernard Bayou, Biloxi River and Tchoutacabouffa River.
Fish should be in good health and transported in an oxygenated live-well to the mobile tagging vessel. Upon successful tagging, the striped bass will be released near the area of capture; environmental variables will be measured and GPS coordinates recorded.
All participants will receive a GCRL Striped Bass Restoration Program T-shirt. Striped bass caps will be awarded to anglers upon successful tagging. Additional awards will be given for the largest striped bass.
For more information, contact Dr. Rich Fulford,
or 228. 872.4282.
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