Tagging Programs

The Scientific Committee recommends scientists responsible of tagging activities, like tagging surveys or opportunistic tagging by sporting or professional fishermen, to report general tagging information in order to facilitate recaptured tag identification when communicated to ICCAT.

This information should be reported to ICCAT Secretariat as soon as the tagging survey has finished or annually when tagging activity was performed through opportunistic recreational tagging.


Many research organizations carry out tagging programs aimed at collecting data on different tuna and tuna-like species in different regions of the Atlantic. The following is a list of recent or on-going programs:

Tagging Program
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Tag Types and ID Year/Area Institutes Species, reward
GBYP Streamer (external, conventional) 2011-2016
Atl., Med.
  • ICCAT
  • Contracted Institutions
BFT
Euro 50 + Special Lottery

Pop-up (external)

2011-2016
Atl., Med.
  • ICCAT
  • Contracted Institutions
BFT
Euro 1000

Archival (internal)

2012-2016
Atl., Med.
  • ICCAT
  • Contracted Institutions
BFT
Euro 1000
Various, conventional Streamer (external) Continuous
Atl., Med.
  • US National Marine Fisheries Service
  • ICCAT
Misc. tunas
US$4 + Lottery
Various, conventional Streamer (external) Continuous
Atl., Med.
  • US National Marine Fisheries Service
  • ICCAT
Billfishes
US$4 + Lottery
Various, pop-up satellite tags Pop-up (external) Continuous
Atl., Med.
  • US National Marine Fisheries Service
  • Tuna Research and Conservation Center
BFT
US$500
Various, archival tags Archival (internal) Continuous
Atl., Med.
  BFT
US$1000
Juvenile BFT CO-OP Tagging Project Archival (internal) 2005
NW Atlantic
BFT
US$500
ROJOCAN Streamer (external)
Color Serial #
yellow ICCAT CT 10200-10999
yellow ICCAT CT 11900-12888
yellow IEO CR 08201-08300
2005
Gulf of Biscay
BFT and Misc. tunas
30 Euro + T-shirt + Lottery
ROJOCAN Archival
(internal)
2007
Gulf of Biscay
ALB and BFT
200 Euro
Gulf of Biscay Opportunistic Streamer
(external)
2005
Gulf of Biscay
  • Instituto Español de Oceanografía (IEO)
ALB + BFT
30 Euro + T-shirt + Lottery
Gulf of Biscay Archival Archival (internal + pop-up) 2004, 2005
Gulf of Biscay
ALB and BFT
200 Euro
Greek National Tagging Project Streamer (external)
Color Serial #
yellow ICCAT CT 11000-11099
yellow ICCAT CT 10000-10199
2004
Greece
SWO and BFT
200 Euro + Lottery
Italian National Tagging Project Streamer (external)
Color Serial #
orange ICCAT RD 0000-0049
orange ICCAT RD 0075-0099
orange ICCAT RD 1700-1799
yellow ICCAT CT 9975-9999
2005 Italy
  • Marine Biology and Animal Ecology Lab, U. di Genova
SWO
50 Euro + Lottery
Northwest Atlantic Collaborative Tagging Project Pop-up (external) 1998-1999
NW Atlantic
  • East Coast Tuna Association
  • University of New Hampshire
  • US National Marine Fisheries Service
  • Canada Department of Fisheries and Oceans
  • Canadian Bluefin Research Fund
BFT
US$500
Markaketa Streamer (external)
Color Serial #
yellow ICCAT CT000000-017999
yellow AZTI AZ00000-003000
yellow AZTI AAA000000-010000
2001-2013, Gulf of Biscay ALB + BFT + Misc.
30 Euro + T-shirt + Lottery
 

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