Bass, Dicentrarchus labrax, tagged in Dutch waters recaptured off Grand Havre, Guernsey one year later

November 1st, 2010 by Richard Lord

Martyn Vinning of Phoenix Fish Company received a tagged bass from Joe Nichols on 25 October 2010.  The bass took a sidewinder lure one half mile off Grand Havre Bay at about 1.30 pm on 25 October.  The tag attached to the left side of the fish under the first dorsal fin had ‘RIVO IJmuiden’ and the number ‘34574’ printed on it.

Tagged bass, Dicentrarchus labrax, captured by Joe Nichols off Grand Havre Bay on 25 October 2010 (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

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The bass had a total weight of 1123 grams and a total length of 516 mm.  Fork length was 475 mm and standard length was 416 mm.

Ms Harriët van Overzee, Fisheries Researcher, at Wageningen IMARES in IJmuiden wrote that the bass had been caught and tagged in the Westerschelde in the province of Zeeland, Netherlands on 21 October 2009.  At the time of tagging the bass had a length of 470 mm.

“The bass was tagged in aid of a tagging experiment that IMARES is carrying out from July 2009 to November 2010 in cooperation with six fishermen. The fishermen have been tagging bass and grey mullet from their own catches. The ultimate aim of this project is to collect information on the distribution and migration of bass and grey mullet.”

The tagging programming offers 7.50 Euros to each fisherman who reports a returned tag.

Map of the Netherlands showing where bass was tagged (click map to expand)

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