For the last few years FECOP has teamed with Gray Fish-Tag research and many of our members are actively tagging fish. Our scholarship program using Costa Rican University students has been taking tissue samples as well as tagging studying the feeding ecology of gamefish
Gray FishTag Research is an international and fully interactive fish tagging program powered by the world’s largest network of fishing professionals consisting of approximately 10,000 charter boat captains and mates.
GFR is an essential tool for promoting the sustainability of marine game fish and increasing public resource awareness. The program is collecting information in real-time, producing valuable scientific data, directly from fishermen in every part of the world. We are connecting professional fishermen and angling enthusiasts with the scientific community who is desperate for relevant data.
All fish species in every ocean are being monitored. Billfish, sharks, general offshore and inshore fish species are being tracked and recorded. Results provide scientists and biologists with valuable information on migration patterns, fish stocks, growth rates, habitat depths and much more.
The data collected will be analyzed and used for scientific purposes and shared with any interested parties at NO COST.
The success of the program is made possible by the participation of the hard working fishing professionals, our Official Research Centers, and the generous contributions from our donors and sponsors.
We are proud to be working directly with NOAA Fisheries as well as our friends, Professor Arthur Mariano – UM (Physical Oceanography and Physical Oceanography at the University of Miami), Professor David Kerstetter – NSU (Nova Southeastern University) and Dr. Mitchell A. Roffer – ROFFS™ (Roffer’s Ocean Fishing Forecasting Service). Our devoted partners are responsible for the research and distribution of the data coming in. Our pledge is also to continue to offer all tags, applicators, data cards, hands-on training and support to the professional fisherman for FREE; as this continues to be the key to accurate data and the success of the program.