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Cooperative Tagging Center (CTC)

Metadata Updated: April 1, 2024

The Cooperative Tagging Center (CTC) began as the Cooperative Game Fish Tagging Program (GTP) at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI) in 1954. The GTP was started by Dr. Frank J. Mather III with an initial focus on bluefin tuna. The program quickly expanded to include billfish in 1973 and became a joint effort between the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and WHOI. In 1980 the Miami Laboratory of the NMFSs Southeast Fisheries Science Center (SEFSC) took complete responsibility for the operation, funding, and maintenance of the GTP (CTC History). In 1992 the SEFSC changed the program name to the CTC due to an increase in tagging efforts for a wider variety of species, as well as an increase in tagging research needs and requests for tagging data. Constituents have tagged over 270,000 fish of nearly 80 different species, however, today the CTC focuses solely on the tagging of billfish and tuna in the Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico, and Caribbean Sea.

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Metadata Date February 29, 2024
Metadata Created Date November 12, 2020
Metadata Updated Date April 1, 2024
Reference Date(s) (publication)
Frequency Of Update asNeeded

Metadata Source

Harvested from NMFS SEFSC

Additional Metadata

Resource Type Dataset
Metadata Date February 29, 2024
Metadata Created Date November 12, 2020
Metadata Updated Date April 1, 2024
Reference Date(s) (publication)
Responsible Party (Point of Contact, Custodian)
Contact Email
Guid gov.noaa.nmfs.inport:5453
Access Constraints Cite As: Southeast Fisheries Science Center, [Date of Access]: Cooperative Tagging Center (CTC) [Data Date Range],, Access Constraints: Angler names and addresses, Use Constraints: TBD
Bbox East Long -64
Bbox North Lat 42
Bbox South Lat 3
Bbox West Long -97
Coupled Resource
Frequency Of Update asNeeded
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Harvest Source Id ca759a40-507d-4d0c-8f8c-64b3c5e05066
Harvest Source Title NMFS SEFSC
Licence NOAA provides no warranty, nor accepts any liability occurring from any incomplete, incorrect, or misleading data, or from any incorrect, incomplete, or misleading use of the data. It is the responsibility of the user to determine whether or not the data is suitable for the intended purpose.
Metadata Language eng
Metadata Type geospatial
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Progress underDevelopment
Spatial Data Service Type
Spatial Reference System
Spatial Harvester True
Temporal Extent Begin 2011
Temporal Extent End 2010

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