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