ORI Tagging News #48

ORI Tagging News #482

Fresh in from the ORI team, this is the report as compiled last year, for the tagging summary of 2018. The 2019 results are also going to be on their way soon too. But in the meantime, please enjoy the throroughly enjoyable ORI Tagging News #48.


Please see the 48nd edition of the Tagging News attached (results from 2018).

You can download the report as a PDF file by clicking on the following link:


From ORI

And a short introduction from the tagging news team at ORI in Durban…

As many of you are aware we had some website issues late last year which delayed us in releasing the Tagging News to you before the end of 2019, and for this we apologize. Please note that you can expect the 33rd edition of the Tagging News (results from 2019) to be released later this year as well.

Nonetheless,  we hope that you enjoy this exciting edition which shows some very interesting catch trends with some new species making their way into the top 10 list. We also had an exciting fight for top tagger in 2018 which was decided by a mere 7 tags. This edition also has some interesting articles on the new MPAs that have been proclaimed, the largest giant kingfish aggregation on record, and movement patterns of the giant guitarfish.

The Sardine News team aligned with the Oceanographic Institute tagging program, at it’s inception in 1987. Way back then, when Mr. Rudi van der Elst started the program, in conjunction with real cool sponsors, Sedgewicks Old Brown Shery, the unique idea was strange to us all.

But Rudi, in his charismatic style and manner, soon convinced us all. And at a stage, Rudi practically took over our league fishing jaunts, for his tagging programs. Soon there were weight limits on fish. Tagged fish were included in the count. And the Lower South Coast Deep Sea gang started fishing for conservation.

Our best day ever was when fishing in a league event, the Niteshift headed straight for local hangout -The Block, down in front of Port Shepstone. A few boats joined us, and we collectively tagged over 50 garrick, in one day!

And so, a big hats off to Mr. Rudi van der Elst, for conceiving and implementing, this valuable conservation program. And to the many, many colleagues and citizens, who helped along the way. Too many for my memory to mention!

Come and join us tagging and releasing fish up and down the Southern African coastline. Right now, we also have the formidable challenge of tagging huge sharks with sonar tags. This happens up in Mozambique and if you would like to be involved, please get in touch.

And if it’s tagging and releasing gamefish you are after, we can do this right the way up and down. Just recently we have been tagging estuary fish like grunter, kob, and rock salmon.

Let’s gooooooo!

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