Striped marlin recaptured twice in 36 days!

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A striped marlin has been recaptured twice in 36 days. Image: Patrick Linehan

THE NSW DPI Game Fish Tagging Program has revealed a striped marlin has been recaptured twice.

The striped marlin - originally tagged and released on 20 February 2020 by Christine Kirby - was recaptured and re-tagged on 13 March 2020, south of the "Carpark", a well known marlin location off Port Stephens.

Angler Ben Hayes who was fishing aboard well-known Sydney Game Fishing Club boat Little Audrey II, estimated the fish to be 65kg. The fish had travelled a straight line distance of 8 nautical miles from its original release location.

The fish was then recaptured again 14 days later on 27 March 2020 by a commercial longline vessel. The fish was recaptured well beyond the continental shelf, wide of Tathra NSW. Upon recapture the fish weighed in at 72.4kg.

Striped marlin journey. Image: NSW DPI Game Fish Tagging Program

Overall, the fish had spent only 36 days at liberty and had travelled a straight line distance of 250 nautical miles (460km), travelling from Port Stephens to Tathra. The striped marlin double recapture is a first for the tagging program.

NSW DPI says this recapture reinforces the resilience of billfish to catch and release and highlights the dynamic nature of their movements.

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