SC Dept. of Natural Resources
P 0 Box 167
Columbia, SC 29202
DNR will continue processing fish tags
Although fish tags supplied to certified taggers participating in the Marine Resources Division’s Marine Game Fish Tagging Program will be unavailable this winter as a result of state budget cuts, the S.C. Department of Natural Resources will continue to process tags that have already been supplied to taggers, as well as the recapture of any tagged fish that are encountered by anglers.
Tagging is a common tool used by fisheries scientists and managers to better understand population dynamics of specific fisheries. The S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) currently has a number of research projects that employ a tagging component, addressing everything from red drum to billfish.
The Marine Game Fish Tagging Program was the only program that relied on the public (or fishery) to implant tags and report associated information. Other agency programs involve tagging that is done by DNR personnel to address specific research issues. Regardless of the type of tagging study being conducted, all rely on the cooperation of the public to report encounters of tagged animals. Reporting tag recoveries helps to complete the circle of information necessary for developing conclusions based on analysis.
DNR protects and manages South Carolina’s natural resources by making wise and balanced decisions for the benefit of the state’s natural resources and its people.