A summary of fish tagging in Texas bays, 1975-1982
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During November 1975-December 1982, 40,333 fish (27 species) were tagged in Texas bay systems. Red drum (14,447) and spotted seatrout (12,349) comprised 66.4% of all fishes tagged. Of the 4704 tagged fish returned, 65.3% were returned by sport fishermen and 27.6% were returned by commercial fishermen. Eighty-three percent of all tags returned came from the same bay systems in which the fishes were tagged. By December of 1983, a recovery rate of 11.7% was obtained for all fishes tagged. Red drum had the highest recovery rate (20.4%) of all fishes tagged. The National Marine Fisheries Service and the Gulf Coast Conservation Association paid $9048 in rewards.