In the last seven years two separate herring tagging projects have been conducted in maritime Canadian waters. The first project, conducted between 1998 and January 2002 by the Pelagics Research Council/Herring Science Council (PRC/HSC), in partnership with Fisheries and Oceans Canada, tagged herring on spawning grounds and on the major Nova Scotia overwintering grounds. A total of 92 647 herring were tagged. Although this project has concluded tags continue to be returned. The information on tags returned in 2004 is presented in this paper.
The current tagging project began in August 2002. Fundy Weir Fishermen Association, in partnership with the New Brunswick Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Aquaculture, Grand Manan Fishermen’s Association, Connors Brothers Ltd. and Fisheries and Oceans Canada, initiated a program to tag weir herring in the Bay of Fundy. The purpose of this ongoing project is to investigate the within season movement and migration of weir herring in the Bay of Fundy with the long term goal of providing information on stock structure. Since the start of this project a total of 77 957 herring have been tagged and 2 742 tags have been recovered. The majority of recoveries have been from close to the site of application. However, there have also been some recoveries from fish caught on Scots Bay and German Bank, off Coastal Nova Scotia and the USA and from mixed aggregations off the Long Island Shore.
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