Tarpon Tagging Project
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.