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Department of Environmental Protection appeals for assistance in Black Grouper study

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Department of Environmental Protection appeals for assistance in Black Grouper study

From the Bermuda Government website

The Department of Environmental Protection today issued an appeal for members of the public, especially commercial and recreational fishermen, to assist in the Department’s study of Black Grouper in Bermuda waters.

During June and July, Department staff have been catching Black Grouper and implanting acoustic tags into the belly of the fish before releasing them back into the ocean. These tags transmit a signal that can be detected by a special receiver which has been placed underwater. External yellow “spaghetti” tags, three inches long, have also been inserted into the muscle just under the soft dorsal fin on both sides of the fish.

The placement of additional acoustic tags in Black Grouper and additional underwater receivers will continue in August.

Black Grouper, like most large grouper species, aggregate to spawn (reproduce). These spawning aggregations occur at…

Happy Cup Match - Enjoy the sea over the weekend!

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Sorry for not posting lately. We have all been out on the water doing research on patch reefs and soft corals every day since the 14th July.

Above is a photo of a Elkhorn Coral and some fish that I took 3 wks ago in Key Largo after attending the 11th International Coral Reef Symposium in Ft. Lauderdale.