Tarpon Tagging Project
Tagging the Silver King: Scientists follow 8 Alabama tarpon
By Ben Raines
Updated Jul 29, 6:29 AM; Posted Jul 29, 6:28 AM
Every year at this time, hordes of gigantic silver fish show up along the Alabama coast, setting off the brief but spectacular reign of the Silver King.
Schools of mighty tarpon, typically five to six feet long and weighing in at up to 200 pounds, arrive along our beaches just as summer is at its hottest. While the timing of their annual migration is well documented by scientists, fishermen, and historic records, there is much we don't know about these giant and ancient fish, in. cluding where they go after they leave the Alabama coast. Read the full article here
A silver king leaps from the water and dances across the surface of Mobile Bay. Few fish are as powerful and enigmatic as the Atlantic Tarpon (Megalops atlanticus). Once common throughout the northern Gulf of Mexico, some estimate that tarpon populations have declined by as mush as 90% since the 1940's. Several factors have contributed, including historical overfishing, habitat loss, and harvest in other parts of the world. Tarpon grow slowly, reach large maximum sizes, and can live for more than 50 years, which makes it even harder for their populations to recover.
Tarpon today benefit from the strong conservation ethic shared by the recreational fishermen who catch them. Local tarpon fishermen know these fish arrive in the northern Gulf of Mexico during short and specific times of the year; however, where do they go once they leave our area and begin their westward migration? Where are their critical breeding habitats? Understanding the movements of these majestic fish is paramount to ensuring their populations continue to recover.
At Chandeleur Island Brewing Company, we're committed to the conservation of tarpon. We understand that fishing is more than a simple pastime; it's part of our heritage. To ensure tarpon persevere, we've teamed with Coastal Conservation Association and fisheries scientists to bring you the "Tarpon Tagging Box". As you stock your cooler in preparation for a day on the Gulf, know that a portion of the proceeds from the sale of this beer go to support local tarpon migration research. Together we can help this majestic fish thrive once again.