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FWC looking for tarpon DNA from anglers

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The strength, stamina and fighting ability of a “silver king” make tarpon one of Florida's most popular game fish. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is looking for you to help with the Tarpon Genetic Recapture Study.

Tarpon DNA helps scientists learn more about the fish's rich life history, from its anatomy to its catch history.

Each year, willing anglers supply the FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute with DNA “fingerprint” data from tarpon and then release them to jump and challenge anglers another day.

FWRI especially needs DNA samples from fish larger than 30 inches hooked in northeast and northwest Florida. The FWC is accepting samples until January 2015.

To obtain a DNA sampling kit, please call our toll free number at 1-800-367-4461 or email TarponGenetics@MyFWC.com.

The FWC collected 3,386 DNA samples from anglers last year, with hopes of learning a lot more about this important marine fish. 

For more information visit: http://myfwc.com/research/saltwater/tarpon/information/

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission contributed to this story. Copyright 2014 WFLA. All rights reserved.

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