Golet requesting community help with tuna tagging, CapeCod.com reports

CapeCod.com NewsCenter reported Walter Golet, an assistant research professor with the School of Marine Sciences at the University of Maine based at Gulf of Maine Research Institute, is requesting the help of community members with a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration tuna tagging project. The Atlantic Ocean Tropical Tuna Tagging Program was established by the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas in 2015 to study key aspects of bigeye, skipjack and yellowfin tuna in the Atlantic Ocean, the article states. Golet will work with colleagues at various institutions to deploy 5,000 conventional tags on tuna in the western North Atlantic Ocean. Those interested in volunteering to help tag tuna can email walter.golet@maine.edu. Participants have a chance to win one of 20 cash prizes totaling more than $39,000 to be awarded at the end of the project, according to the article. The data collected will help improve understanding of the species, which will enhance fisheries management and promote sustainability of the stocks.