Mazatlan, Sinaloa.- The Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (CIAT) is an organization responsible for the conservation and management of tunas, as well as other marine species of the eastern Pacific Ocean.
The tagging project is an essential part of studying the biology of tunas and tuna-like species. To this end, the IATTC has long conducted research cruises in the Eastern Pacific Ocean to catch, tag, and release tunas. For the years 2019 and 2020, the tagging project received funding from the European Union, where a total of more than 7,000 fish has been tagged so far, including tuna, skipjack, and bigeye or bigeye.
An essential key to the marking project is the recovery and processing of the marks. For this, the IATTC permanently maintains a dissemination campaign in the port of Mazatlan and in the main ports of the Pacific, where personnel engaged in a fishing activity are invited to report to the IATTC, any brand that is attached to the body of a tunid, by calling the phone numbers proposed in the same brands or by contacting the brand recovery specialist (ERM) at the CIAT office in Mazatlán. The brands used are of two types, a conventional plastic spaghetti type and an electronic brand that records information, such as body temperature, environment, and depth of swimming of the fish. Both brands are visible to the eye,
Tagged fish can be recaptured by any type of boat or fishing boat during their fishing trip and when unloading their product in port, the fish is detected with the tag. When a branded fish is found, the person has to report it to the IATTC, so that specialized personnel can record the biometric measurements of the fish and, after this, make the reward payment of $ 10-15 dollars without conventional plastic marks. or $ 250 dollars if it is an electronic brand. All the people who make a brand report automatically participate in an annual draw where all countries participate. The raffle consists of awarding 1,000 dollars for the person’s effort to report the mark and allow the IATTC staff to obtain the information on the fish.
In this grand 2020 giveaway, highly trusted brands returned from April 2019 to May 2020 were considered for the $ 1000 prizes. Another giveaway will take place in 2021 for all highly trusted tags returned from June 2020 through May 2021.
For Mexico, five winners were obtained, all of them, fishing workers living in the port of Mazatlan, Sinaloa, each of them receiving a prize of $ 1,000 dollars.
1.-Alfredo Hazael Humaran Boucieguez
2.-Saúl García Labrador
3.-Rolando García Espericueta
4.-Jesús Antonio Aguirre Gutiérrez
5.-José Antonio Ayala Duran
Another five winners, each of them with a prize of $ 1,000 dollars each, corresponded to people who reside in the country of Ecuador:
1.-Gustavo Orrala Requena
2.-Eddy Quinde Escalante
3.-Luis Antonio Mero Prado
4.-Claudio Eligio Alonzo Bozada
5.-Elías Eloy Bailón Alvia
Everyone is invited to contribute to this tagging project and if they find a tagged fish, try to contact the IATTC staff or the ERMs to take the corresponding measures and they can enter the annual draw since there are still many fish with brands to recover.