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.
Tarpon anglers are invited to assist researchers by safely and harmlessly removing, storing, and delivering samples of skin cells of captured tarpon.
The current newsletter and an archive of past newsletters issued by the Tarpon Genetic Recapture Study.
Need to drop off a tarpon DNA sample or pick up a new kit? Find a participating bait and tackle shop, marina or other fishing-related business on our drop spot location list and maps.
Tarpon anglers can learn how to collect, store, and submit tarpon DNA samples for the statewide Tarpon Genetic Recapture Study.
Find answers to common questions about the Tarpon Genetic Recapture Study, a joint project of the FWC's Fish and Wildlife Research Institute and Mote Marine Laboratory to collect tarpon DNA from Florida anglers.
Contact information for the tarpon genetic recapture study group.
Watch and learn how to participate in the Tarpon Genetic Recapture Study.