Friday, November 18, 2011

A 5K Dolphinfish

This is the largest dolphinfish to be tagged with a satellite tag and first ever off of San Juan, PR (photo:Wessley Merten)

On Thursday, November 17th, 2011, at 1:10 pm, the Dolphinfish Research Program achieved another milestone and continued to fulfill its research objectives by successfully tagging and releasing a 51.5" (~45 lb.) male dolphinfish approximately 19.5 miles NNW off of San Juan with a satellite pop-off tag (PSAT).  This is the 12th tag to be deployed on a dolphinfish in the western north Atlantic and the 1st ever off of San Juan, PR; this is the second dolphinfish to be tagged off of Puerto Rico.   This milestone was only achieved through the dedication and assistance of Captain Manuel Botello, Irvin Baez, and Alexis Alfalla, local sport and recreational fishermen, who have been participating in the program on the island since 2008.  Click here to read more about the importance of this research and what researchers hope to discover by deploying a 5 thousand dollar instrument on this fish.