Video: The Science of Tarpon

Riding High: The Science of Tarpon from Waterline Media on Vimeo.

Riding High: The Science of Tarpon, is just a brief showing of what is in store for the science section of the full-length version of the film. This segment puts emphasis on the ongoing tarpon satellite tagging programs. Thank you to all that where involved in forming this idea along with organizations like Bonefish and Tarpon Trust, Orvis, East Cape Skiffs, Yeti, and more. The tarpon satellite tagging program is a very important conservation tool that is just beginning to show it’s true potential for preservation of migration and spawning habitats for tarpon not only in our local waters but worldwide.

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  • John Powel

    I talked to these guys about the lip gaff on the film tour and they said they only do it when tagging to help control the fish and not let it get hurt as much as possible.

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      Fair enough, but wouldn’t that interfere with the data? I’d think sending a fish back with a big hole in it’s mouth parts would compromise that individual and that you’d do everything to minimize handling and release the fish as close to “untouched” as possible.

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    The research looks hugely interesting. But when did anyone start owning wild fish? Why is it that the fish are ‘ours’ or ‘yours’, mine’ or ‘theirs’. Does that not indicate a level of proprietorial arrogance that suggests that there is also a ‘not theirs’ (the gear anglers from one of your previous posts I suppose) now or in the future. Or, I suppose, it is quite appropriate when such magnificent animals are regarded as a resource rather than simply what they are.

    A potentially fascinating study – can’t wait to see the papers – but certainly a less than edifying vocabulary.

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      Amen. I watched Rivers of a Lost Coast the other day and it really bugged me that all the old guys that watched the systematic eradication of those magnificent fish (and destruction of their spawning habitat) yet still called them a “resource”. They’re freakin’ fish, not a resource!

      The least the tarpon dudes could have done was use the terms ‘ours’ and ‘theirs’ sarcastically. (And also not lip gaffing would have been nice too. That hurt me a little bit.)

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