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Title: Cooperative Tagging System
Short Name: Cooperative Tagging System
Status: In Work

The Cooperative Tagging System Atlantic-wide cooperative tagging database provides valuable information on the movement of different species, seasonal patterns of growth and movement, growth rates and general population dynamics. Tagging data is valuable input for fisheries management decisions and fisheries management plans.


The Cooperative Tagging System (CTS) is run by the Cooperative Tagging Center (CTC) of the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), Southeast Fisheries Science Center (SEFSC).This program was developed in response to the recent expansion of tag release and recapture activities, data requests from other tagging agencies, and domestic and international tagging research needs.


The program was designed to provide basic information on the movements and biology of highly migratory species in the Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico, and Caribbean Sea, through direct participation of the public in scientific research. Atlantic bluefin tuna Thunnus thynnus was the primary target species when the program first started, but after a few years the program expanded to include blue marlin Makaira nigricans, white marlin Tetrapturus albidus, sailfish Istiophorus platypterus, and broadbill swordfish Xiphias gladius. Some of the other scombrids currently included in the program are yellowfin tuna Thunnus albacares, albacore tuna T. alalunga, bigeye tuna T. obesus, and blackfin tuna T. atlanticus. With the retirement of Dr. Mather in 1980, the NMFS Southeast Fisheries Science Center (SEFSC) assumed sole responsibility for operation of the program.


Theme Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
None albacore tuna
None bigeye tuna
None billfish
None blackfin tuna
None blue marlin
None bluefin tuna
None caribbean
None dr mather
None frank mather
None hms
None marlin
None migratory species
None sailfish
None scombrids
None swordfish
None tagging
None tuna thunnus thynnus
None white marlin

Temporal Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
None 1954-present

Spatial Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
None Atlantic Ocean
None caribbean sea
None Gulf Of Mexico

Physical Location

Organization: Southeast Fisheries Science Center
City: Miami
State/Province: FL
Country: USA

Project Information

Project Type: Data System

Support Roles

Point of Contact

CC ID: 7477
Date Effective From: 2004-01-01
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Orbesen, Eric
Address: 75 Virginia Beach Drive
Miami 33149
Email Address:
Phone: 305-361-4253
View Historical Support Roles


Extent Group 1

Extent Group 1 / Geographic Area 1

CC ID: 7479
W° Bound: -179
E° Bound: 179
N° Bound: 50
S° Bound: -50

CTS uses latitude and longitude to identify where the animal is released and recaptured. Most of the events occurs between latitude 3 - 42 N and 64 - 97 W, however there is data in all oceans.

Extent Group 1 / Time Frame 1

CC ID: 7476
Time Frame Type: Continuing
Start: 1954-01-01

Access Information

Security Class: Confidential
Data Access Procedure:

Read and sign for NOAA Administrative Order 216-100

Read and sign System Access Application (see URLs)

Contact DBA Daniel Leon for userid/password.

Data Access Constraints:

Access is restricted to personnel authorized in accordance with NOAA Administrative Order 216-100. A signed non-disclosure agreement must be on file for all authorized personnel



CC ID: 23672

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CTS Cooperative Tagging System
PAT Popup Archival Tag
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CC ID: 43732
Date: 2008-01-20 11:00:00
Author: Eric Orbesen

What is a Popup Archival Tags


PAT tags are basically microchips with sensors and a transmitter encased in microphone-shaped epoxy body. They are approximately 17 cm in length, with a float and antenna on one end and a flexible cord with a plastic dart at the other end. The dart is used to attach the tag to animal.

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Data Set Cooperative Tagging Center (CTC)
Project Popup Archival Tags

Catalog Details

Catalog Item ID: 1946
GUID: gov.noaa.nmfs.inport:1946
Metadata Record Created By: Lee M Weinberger
Metadata Record Created: 2006-06-13 16:38+0000
Metadata Record Last Modified By: Lee M Weinberger
Metadata Record Last Modified: 2024-03-25 17:15+0000
Metadata Record Published: 2021-05-05
Owner Org: SEFSC
Metadata Publication Status: Published Externally
Do Not Publish?: N
Metadata Last Review Date: 2021-05-05
Metadata Review Frequency: 1 Year
Metadata Next Review Date: 2022-05-05