Once in the water, the pop-up tags automatically collect and store information on water temperature, depth, and amount of illumination from which its location is derived. The information are recorded every 30 seconds and stored in its memory. The tags automatically detach from the tuna after a pre-program duration between 4 to 6 months. Upon release, the tags will float to the ocean surface and send information using satellite technology to a server in Los Angeles, California.
The tuna handline fishery operates only during the dark phase of the moon and once the catching begins and the weather cooperates, the tagging will resume. The first tagging event was hampered by uncooperative seas and the tunas didn’t take the bait.
Hopefully, in the next two weeks, we will have all the remaining tags in the water.
Posted by Jose Ingles (Jingles)