On the 26th of January 2012 Tope #3044 was captured off the coast of Portugal, she was originally tagged in Luce Bay at the Sharkatag 2010 event on the 19th of June giving a time at liberty of 577 days!
During this time she had travelled a minimum of 1716km.
Recaptures like this show the value of the SSTP and highlights how much there is to learn about the species that turn up along the Scottish coast every year!
Loch Etive Spurdog recapture
Just a few days after the above Tope recapture a tagged Spurdog was recaptured in Loch Etive.
The female Spurdog was originally tagged on the 5th September 2010 weighing 8lbs, she was recaptured 503 days later weighing around 8.25lbs and in excellent condition!
It is interesting to note that Spurdog (which are considered a classic “migratory species”) tagged in Loch Etive and Loch Sunart have never been recaptured outside of their respective Loch. This data suggests that many Spurdog may live in Scottish sea lochs all year round rather than migrating.
Information like this has a profound influence on the way depleted fish stocks are conserved and managed.