So that the average angler can participate in the research and conservation efforts of ITCA, we are undertaking a conventional/streamer tag program for tarpon.  The goal of these tags is to better understand the migratory patterns and growth rates for tarpon.  Only by learning this information can we better understand their interactions with environmental factors and learn more about their growth rates and life cycle in the wild.  ITCA is taking the program over from ProjectTarpon.com who previously administered the program; however, the marine biologists at the University of Miami are still offering the scientific know-how, logistics and data assimilation for this project.  Tags and tagging kits will now be offered free of charge to anglers and professional guides alike.  Initial availability of tags may be limited, so if you are interested,  you should act immediately.  Tags can be ordered on our conventional tagging website, www.TarponTags.org(formerly www.tarpontags.com).   When there are tag returns, data will be presented on both this website and the TarponTags.org website.  You should still report and order tags from TarponTags.org.         



     In April 2018, the Fieldworkers Club (click here) traveled to Cuba to help with tarpon research.  ITCA provided conventional streamer tags to place in tarpon.  This is believed to be the first time tarpon have been actively tagged with conventional tags in Cuba.  Over six days, fifteen anglers wrestled with 158 tarpon and seven permit.  A total of 13 tarpon were tagged.  Great work!!!

    For more information on the 2019 Cuba tagging expedition, visit the Fieldworkers Club (click here).      

TAG #  T003007

The International Tarpon Conservation Association, LLC ("ITCA") is conducting this research in coordination with the Tarpon & Bonefish Research Center.  The Tarpon and Bonefish Research Center (TBRC) at the University of Miami (UM) is an unparalleled leading international initiative for gathering and sharing scientific knowledge, educational resources and policy development related to the sustainment of marine sport fisheries and their ecosystems. The unique center raises awareness across the recreational fishing and scientific communities  necessary to promote collaborative efforts which result in, sustainable outcomes for tarpon, bonefish and permit populations.

Tagged on Sept. 14, 2015

Mississippi River - North East Pass

Estimated 100 lbs.

Angler: Brenden Mostek

Recaptured on June 19, 2017

Mouth of Tampa Bay, Florida

Estimated 100 lbs.

Capt. Clark Wright

Photo by Marcus Poffenberger