Cobia Acoustic Telemetry Project

Do you know what to do if you catch a tagged cobia in Florida waters?

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Cobia along Florida’s east coast are being fitted with conventional dart tags and surgically implanted with acoustic transmitters. Data collected by acoustic receivers along the coast allows researchers to track cobia movements and learn more about the migration of the Gulf and Atlantic stocks.

  • If you catch a tagged cobia please do not harvest it!
    • Record the tag number, fork length, date and general location of catch.
    • Release the fish in good condition with tags still intact.
    • Call 888-824-7472 to report the cobia and get a t-shirt.
    • Releasing tagged cobia will allow researchers to continue gathering valuable data.
  • For the purpose of this study, we discourage the harvest of tagged cobia. If you accidentally harvest a tagged cobia:
    • Report all information listed above.
    • Return BOTH the internal acoustic transmitter AND plastic dart tags to:

      Attn: Jim Whittington
      Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
      Tequesta Field Laboratory
      19100 SE Federal Hwy.
      Tequesta, FL 33469

    • The internal acoustic transmitter can be found implanted just inside the body cavity on the underside of the fish. This will provide valuable information to researchers.
  • Anglers can also assist in this project by collecting fin clips from cobia caught on the east coast of Florida. Email or call 561-882-5975 to request a fin clip kit.
  • Please observe all fishing regulations and license requirements.

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Freshwater catfish have many external taste buds on their barbels, so they use their sense of taste more than their sight to find prey.

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