CS15 Fish
Date: Tuesday, June 11, 2002
Location: Poster Session - VCC
 
Neidig, C, , Mote Marine Lab., Center for Fisheries Enhancement, Sarasota, FL, USA, cneidig@mote.org
HighamM, Mote Marine Lab., Center for Fisheries Enhancement, Sarasota, FL, USA, mhigham@mote.org
Leber, K, , Mote Marine Lab., Center for Fisheries Enhancement, Sarasota, FL, USA, kleber@mote.org
 
ACOUSTIC TELEMETRY: ITS APPLICATION TO ASSESS THE FEASIBILITY OF STOCK ENHANCEMENT OF RED DRUM SCIAENOPS OCELLATUS IN BISCAYNE BAY AND TAMPA BAY, FLORIDA.
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Tracking of acoustic tagged hatchery-reared red drum was used to test the feasibility of stock enhancement. From 1994 through 1998, 1.5 million red drum were released into Biscayne Bay. To facilitate recovery of assessment information, 94 acoustic tagged red drum (482-1,193 mm TL) were released in 1998 and 1999. Acoustic telemetry coupled with directed sampling yielded data on >300 hatchery-reared fish, and 76 % of the acoustic tagged red drum. This was a valuable tool for providing information on survival, growth, dispersal, habitat preferences, release site effect, and population estimates. In 2000, acoustic tracking was applied to a larger stock enhancement project in Tampa Bay. This Tampa Bay project will be used as a model for future stock enhancement projects in Florida.