Friday, October 24, 2014

TAG Canada 2014

TAG Canada is underway. A team from Stanford, Monterey Bay Aquarium and Acadia University  led by Dr. Steve Wilson, Robbie Schallert and Dr. Mike Stokebury are tagging giants in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, Canada. Tuna are being tagged with sophisticated miniPAT tags and long-term acoustic tags, with a goal of understanding how these bluefin utilize the Gulf of Mexico spawning area closures. This is the 7th year the TAG, MBA, Stanford team has been in Canada- and the 145th tuna in Canadian waters to receive these high tech tags.  Some new accelerometry tags are also being tested in an effort supported by ONR, to determine how fast a giant bluefin goes.