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Research - Marking

The marking and recapturing of fish in the wild is essential to fisheries science and critical to the evaluation of a stocking program. The SCDNR’s marine stocking research program has been at the forefront of developing and evaluating marking technologies since the 1990’s. Today, South Carolina is a leader in the use of genetic tools to identify hatchery fish in the wild. In addition to identifying recaptures, chemical marking has been used in culture activities to evaluate fish health and improve production protocols.