Fish and Wildlife Research Institute

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Tarpon

Strength, stamina, and fighting ability, make the tarpon (Megalops atlanticus) one of Florida's premier game fish.
Illustration © Diane Rome Peebles. Illustration provided for viewing purposes only.



General Information about Tarpon

Learn a small part of the rich history of the tarpon fishery along with present management efforts, tarpon life history and internal anatomy, catch records and more.

Tarpon Catch-and-Release

The adrenaline-rushing excitement of catching a tarpon is arguably unrivaled in the sport-fishing world. What happens to the fish after it is released? Are post-release responses different depending on tarpon size, environmental conditions or other factors? Learn more about the research exploring these questions.

Tarpon Genetics

The Tarpon Genetics Recapture Study uses the analysis of tarpon DNA to establish a DNA "fingerprint" of tarpon in Florida. DNA samples are collected and submitted by volunteers eager to protect the silver kings through better understanding of tarpon biology. Learn about the purpose, mechanics, and early results of this study and how you can play an active and vital role in this research.


FWC Facts:
Red tides have been documented along Florida's Gulf coast since the 1840s and likely occurred earlier. Fish kills around Tampa Bay were mentioned in the logs of Spanish explorers.

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