Catching a tagged fish
In the Northern Territory (NT) some fish are tagged for research purposes.
You can catch a tagged fish but you should report it so more knowledge can be gained about the growth and movement of fish.
If you report information about a tagged fish you will be given a free fishing lure.
If you catch a tagged fish
There are steps you should follow when you catch a tagged fish.
Step 1: Record information
You should record all of these:
- tag number
- location and date it was caught
- length of the fish
- depth of the water
- if the fish was kept or released.
Step 2: Leave the tag intact
If you release the fish, leave the tag intact so it will continue to provide information every time it is caught.
Step 3: Report the tagged fish
You should report the tagged fish by any of the following ways:
- contact the Amateur Fishermen's Association of the Northern Territory via their website
- phone or email the association on 1800 456 410 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- use the NT Fishing Mate app.
Tags on barramundi
Tags on barramundi are yellow or green and are under the dorsal spines near the shoulder.
Each tag has an individual tag number and a phone number.
Scientists estimate how many barramundi are caught each year based on the percentage of tagged fish that are reported by recreational fishers.
Other tagged fish
Small numbers of golden snapper, mangrove jack, black jewfish, mackerel, and sharks have tags in the NT.
Tags are green and are below the dorsal spines.
Each tag has an individual number and a phone number.
Last updated: 07 February 2020
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