NSW DPI 2020–21 Game Fish Tagging Annual Report

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SINCE 2006, an annual report on the NSW DPI Game Fish Tagging Program has been prepared by game fishing guru, Julian Pepperell. These annual reports summarise the tagging and recapture efforts for each season (by financial year), highlighting significant recaptures, trends and biology of some of our favourite species.

Some of the key highlights of the 2020/21 season include;

  • 10,207 fish were tagged in 2020/21.
  • The 500,000th fish was tagged in the program’s history
  • The first recorded movement of a striped marlin from Australia to New Zealand
  • New time-at-liberty record for a samson fish–12 years
  • A kingfish recaptured twice, once after 629 days, the second after another 330 days. That fish had travelled approximately 3,000 kilometres during its 959 days at liberty.

If you would like to learn more about the 2020/21 tagging season or would like to check out any previous season reports, please head to the NSW DPI website: https://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/fishing/recreational/resources/fish-tagging/game-fish-tagging/game-fish-tagging-annual-reports

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