GARMAP tags can be identified by the following markings:
A two letter state code (TX, LA, MS, AL, FL) followed by 5 numbers. For example, TX55555 would be a fish caught on a Texas reef with tag #55555. MS00012 would be a fish caught on a Mississippi reef with tag #00012.
All tags will have "To Report, Please Go To GARMAP.GSMFC.ORG" printed on them, and be yellow in color.
Complete tags look as follows:
MS00012 To Report, Please Go To GARMAP.GSMFC.ORG MS00012
TX55555 To Report, Please Go To GARMAP.GSMFC.ORG TX55555
AL99999 To Report, Please Go To GARMAP.GSMFC.ORG AL99999
LA12345 To Report, Please Go To GARMAP.GSMFC.ORG LA12345
FL87654 To Report, Please Go To GARMAP.GSMFC.ORG FL87654
For scientific reasearch, fish are measured in either centimeters or millimeters using one, or a combination, of three methods:
To start with, you will need an acurate scale. An old bathroom, kitchen or luggage scale that is reading too light or too heavy is just not good enough.
You can slip the hook on the scale under the front of the gill plate, avoiding the gill rakers. Or you can punch a hole under the lower jaw, if the fish is one which has a thin membrane there.
The best way is a bag, bucket, or net -- you can just weigh the empty container, then put the fish in and weigh it again, and then subtract the weight of the bucket. But if your fish is bigger than the container, this won't work.
For scientific research, fish are weighed in grams or kilograms.
For this project, all GPS locations are recorded in the decimal minute format. We also record the reef name as named by the state.