First Vic swordfish satellite tagged

Satellite tags have been placed in Victorian swordfish for the first time ((image: Sean Tracey of the University of Tasmania)

THE first Victorian swordfish have been tagged as part of a collaborative study between the VFA and the University of Tasmania, co-funded by Victorian fishing licence fees.

Last week, the Game Fishing Association of Victoria and rec anglers Clint Adlington and Richie Abela had the honour of tagging two swordfish, one 90 kg and one a whopping 270 kg.

These satellite tags will last on the swordfish for up to 270 days, at which point they’ll dislodge an d float to the ocean surface.

From there, they’ll automatically transmit their data via satellite to researchers at the University of Tasmania, who will be able to see where the fish has travelled since being tagged.

The Victorian Fisheries Authority will be reporting more once the data from these fish begins to become available.


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