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Old 12-22-2008, 12:30 PM
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Anglers Needed to Assist GCRL Scientists in Collection of Striped Bass
Contributed by Martha Duvall - 228.327.8775
Tuesday, December 09, 2008
Southern Miss researchers “angling” for scientific data invite local fishermen to join the Striped Bass Fish Hunt, invite local fishermen to join the Striped Bass Fish Hunt, Dec. 19 and 20. The goal of the two-day tag and release event sponsored by Gulf Coast Research Laboratory is to implant acoustic tags in as many striped bass as possible. Registration is free and open both days from 6-9 a.m. at Popp & rsquo;s Ferry boat launch, Biloxi, Miss. To preregister, emailJay Dieterich, [email protected] or call 228.818.8820 or 856.371.9692.
GCRL fisheries biologists are studying the movement patterns and habitat use of striped bass in coastal Mississippi
waters.
The collection area is limited to Biloxi Back Bay (west of I-110), Big Lake, Bernard Bayou, Biloxi River and
Tchoutacabouffa River. Fish should be in good health and transported in an oxygenated live-well to the mobile tagging vessel. Upon successful tagging, the striped bass will be released near the area of capture; environmental variables will be measured and GPS coordinates recorded. All participants will receive a GCRL Striped Bass Restoration Program T-shirt. Striped bass caps will be awarded to anglers upon successful tagging. Additional awards will be given for the largest striped bass.
For more information, contact Dr. Rich Fulford, [email protected] or 228. 872.4282.
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  • Re-stocking effort began in 1967
  • Since 1969, over 12 million striped bass fingerlings have been released into Mississippi coastal waters.
  • Hundreds of tagged striped bass are recaptured and reported to project personnel.
  • Result: A small, viable recreational fishery has been re-established for striped bass in Mississippi.
  • Produced current state record fish
37 lbs., 13 oz.
from Bowie River
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