|Document Type:||Journal Article|
|Title:||Feasibility of surgically implanting acoustic tags into Pacific herring|
|Author:||Andrew C. Seitz, Brenda L. Norcross, John C. Payne, Anna N. Kagley, Buck Meloy|
|Journal:||Transactions of the American Fisheries Society|
Internally implanted acoustic tags represent a potentially valuable approach to assessing the seasonal migration and distribution patterns of Pacific herring Clupea palasii. We examined the feasibility of implanting two sizes of dummy acoustic tags (9 mm in diameter × 21 mm long, 1.6 g; and 7 mm in diameter × 18 mm long, 0.7 g) in Pacific herring that had been held in captivity for nearly a year and that ranged from 165 to 215 mm in fork length (FL) and from 41.6 to 142.6 g. Relatively low mortality (4%) and tag shedding (4%), as well as growth similar to that observed in control fish after 135 d, indicate that, with proper handling, Pacific herring are amenable to surgical implantation of acoustic tags.