UK - Fish are tagged to record fish behaviour, growth and fishing catch rates. If you return a tag or a tagged fish or shellfish you’re paid a reward.
There are two types of tag:
- conventional ‘marker’ tags
- data storage tags
It’s important to include information about the fish or shellfish (recapture details), including:
- the tag number and colour
- the date it was caught
- where it was caught (including longitude and latitude if possible)
- the sex, size and weight
How much you get for returning tagged fish
If you return a tagged fish or a fish tag you’re paid:
- £6 for a conventional ‘marker’ tag (not data storage tag), plus the market value of the fish and postage costs
- £75 for data storage tags
- £25 extra if you return the fish with the data storage tag
You could also win £1,000 in an annual lottery.
How much you get for returning tagged shellfish
If you return a tagged shellfish you’re paid:
- £6 for a shellfish with a conventional tag and full recapture details
- £50 for a shellfish with a data storage tags and full recapture details
How to return tags or tagged fish or shellfish
When you return a tag or a tagged fish or shellfish you need to:
- Phone the 24-hour reporting hotline on 01502 524526 and leave your details.
- Complete and return the relevant form, either online or by printing it out:
- Fish tag returns
- Online form - fish tag returns
- Printed form - fish tag returns (PDF, 37.1KB, 1 page)
- Shellfish tag returns
- Online form - shellfish tag returns
- Printed form - shellfish tag returns (PDF, 38.1KB, 1 page)
- You can send tags in the post to Cefas or your local Marine Management Organisation (MMO) office (who will forward them to Cefas).
- If you’re sending tagged fish or shellfish, Cefas will send a courier at a time agreed with you.
- You’re paid by cheque within 2 months.
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