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June 13, 2008

Tarpon satellite tagged in Boca Grande Pass

Tarpon Satellite Tagged in Boca Grande Pass

Boca Grande, Fla., June 10, 2008- The Miller High Life Professional Tarpon Tournament Series presented by Century Boats in conjunction with the Bonefish and Tarpon Research Center successfully tagged and released twenty Tarpon the past two days in Boca Grande Pass, FL.

PTTS anglers and members of the Florida Guides Association participated by allowing researchers to tag Tarpon that they and their clients landed while fishing in Boca Grande.  Four of the twenty fish tagged were implanted with satellite Pop-up Archival Tags (PAT).  The fish ranged in size from 150 to 190 lbs.  These tags are used to obtain data to further research of Tarpons movements and aspects of the population dynamics.  The tags will remain in the fish until September 25, 2008, at which time they will automatically Pop-up and transmit data to the researchers.   The remaining sixteen fish were tagged with conventional tags and a fin clip was taken to further the ongoing DNA tagging program of the Florida Wildlife Research Institute.

"It was a huge success." Said Joe Mercurio, PTTS television host.  "The PTTS is committed to the same goals as the research center, survival of the species for generations to come."  "Any angler who fishes for Tarpon should support the efforts Bonefish and Tarpon Unlimited and the Bonefish and Tarpon Research Center." 

Since the programs inception in 2001, a total of 55 Tarpon of been PAT tagged throughout the Southeast U.S., Mexico, Trinidad, Costa Rica, and the Dominican Republic.  The PAT tags record water temperature, depth, light level, and time every 10 seconds.  This data is used to help better understand Tarpon's migration and movements to help fill knowledge gaps in research and ensure the survival of the tarpon population.

Anglers who land a tagged Tarpon are asked to leave the tag in the fish, record the tag number, location caught, and length and girth of the fish.  For more information or to report a catch call the research center at, (888) 754-7531, or online at

About Miller High Life PTTS

The Miller High Life PTTS presented by Century Boats is the largest and richest live-release tarpon tournament in the world, featuring five regular season events and one championship event all held in Boca Grande Pass, Fla.   Teams may weigh one fish daily and obtain points towards the Yamaha Team of the Year Race by releasing placing, weighing and releasing fish.  Camera crews are on hand during the PTTS to capture the action for a 13-week television series that airs on Sun Sports Network and World Fishing Network. This year the show will be available in over 37 million households nationwide and in Canada. 

About Bonefish and Tarpon Research Center

The Bonefish and Tarpon Research Center is a division of the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marin and Academic Science. Founded in the 1940's, the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science has grown into one of the world's premier marine and atmospheric research institutions. Offering dynamic interdisciplinary academics, the Rosenstiel School is dedicated to helping communities to better understand the planet, participating in the establishment of environmental policies, and aiding in the improvement of society and quality of life.

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