Tagging Weakfish on the Delaware Bay….using surgery.
How do you tag weakfish for study? Why, using surgery of course! The Outdoors Delmarva crew witness an unusual procedure aboard the L’il Angler 2 by two researchers from North Carolina State University, Jacob Krause and Cameron Luck, in an effort to understand why weakfish numbers have declined over the years.
Weakfish are the state fish of Delaware, but the amount of weakfish are dwindling. Jacob and Cameron perform surgery to insert a tag into the fish’s body cavity. Each fish will get a tag with a different “ping” which will send signals back to a receiver so they know which fish it is.
Jacob says they do not know what is happening to the weakfish, they just know the number is in decline. The surgery takes about 8 minutes, and once the fish comes to, they release it back into the water. They check the receivers every 4-6 weeks to see if there’s any activities of tagged fish.