To make a tagging stick, drill a 3/16" hole to a depth of 1" in a wood dowel (3/4" to 1" diameter). The dowel should be 5- to 6-feet long. The tip may be epoxied directly into the hole. Another option is to obtain a threaded stainless steel insert (check you local marine hardware) that will match the threads on the tip. Epoxy the insert into the hole. The tip can then be changed as necessary.
Mount the tag on the stick as shown above. The slot in the tip is fitted onto the leading edge of the tags dart. Attach the trailing end of the tag to the stick with a rubber band to prevent accidental loss.
Tag the shark in the musculature next to the dorsal fin, above the lateral line. Estimate the length as shown above. "Total Length" is preferred, but fork length is also acceptable.
Determine the sex; male sharks have claspers on their pelvic fins, females do not. Note: It is difficult to see the claspers on small mako sharks, if you cannot clearly tell the sex leave that portion of the tag card blank. The picture on left is a female. A male's claspers look like a pair of sausages (we're trying to get a good photo for these...it's coming).
Fill out and mail the tagging report card immediately. The tag is of NO VALUE unless the information is returned promptly.
STATE OF CALIFORNIA-THE RESOURCES AGENCY GRAY DAVIS, Governor
DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND GAME
330 Golden Shore, Suite 50
Long Beach, CA 90802
CALIFORNIA PELAGIC SHARK TAGGING PROGRAM
Name ____________________________________________ Age _________
Home Address __________________________________________________
(City) (State) (Zip)
Home Phone ___________________ Work Phone ____________________
Fishing Club Affiliations _____________________________________
Do you own a Boat? YES NO
Boat Name _______________________________________ Length ______
How many days per year do you fish for shark? 1-5 6-12 13-50
In what general area do you fish?______________________________
Briefly describe your most common fishing technique (i.e. trolling,
List the names of open water sharks you normally catch and can identify
Would you be willing to take along a Department of Fish and Game employee for observation? (optional) YES NO
BE SURE TO SIGN WAIVER ON THE BACK OF THIS FORM
(For Department use only)
Approve _________________ Tags issued: SH_________ to SH________
NOTE: PARTICIPATION IN THE SHARK TAGGING PROGRAM IS STRICTLY VOLUNTARY. DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND GAME SHARK TAGS ARE NOT TO BE USED FOR PROFIT. PROFIT INCLUDES CHARGING OTHERS FOR USE OF TAGS, USE OF THE TAGGING PROGRAMS NAME IN ADVERTISING, OR CLAIMING TO REPRESENT THE DEPARTMENT FOR THE BENEFIT OF A BUSINESS. THE ISSUING OF SHARK TAGS DOES NOT CONSTITUTE AN ENDORSEMENT OF ANY BUSINESS THAT MAY TAG SHARKS IN THEIR OPERATIONS. TAGS ISSUED ARE NOT TO BE TRANSFERRED; THEY MUST BE USED BY THE PERMITTEE THEY ARE ISSUED TO OR ON THE VESSEL UTILIZED BY THAT PERMITTEE.
WAIVER AND RELEASE
Applicant, upon acceptance of tags for the participation in the California Pelagic Shark Tagging Program, understands and agrees that any tagging effort is strictly voluntary and do hereby on behalf of myself, my heirs, executors, administrators and assigns, waive, release, remise and forever discharge the State of California, Department of Fish and Game, their officers, agents and employees, from any and all claims and demands of any kind, nature or character, whatsoever, by reason of my participation in the California Pelagic Shark Tagging Program.
This release is expressly intended to cover and include all claims, several or otherwise, past, present or future, which can or may ever be asserted as the result of injuries or damages sustained by me while participating in said program.
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