State urges reporting of tagged perch

Biologists need help in study of summer habits


May 16, 2004|By Candus Thomson | Candus Thomson,SUN STAFF

State fisheries biologists are asking anglers to help them with a three-year study of yellow perch habitat in the Severn River by reporting any tagged perch they catch and release.

Rudy Lukacovic said that 200 tagged yellow perch were released in 2003 and 450 were released this year to help assess where the fish find sanctuary in the summer months, when dissolved oxygen in the water is at its lowest level.

By better understanding the summer habits of the perch and those areas where they live, biologists hope to help the yellow perch restoration effort. The state does not allow anglers to keep yellow perch caught in the Severn, Magothy, Patapsco, Naticoke, West or South rivers.

The released fish have a two-inch-long "spaghetti" tag in their left side. The tags are either white or orange, and have a five-digit number printed on them, usually ending in the number "0," Lukacovic said.

Anglers should write down the date, tag number and location where the fish was caught. If the number is illegible, write down the tag color, date and location.

To submit information, call the number on the tag (410-643-6785), e-mail Lukacovic ( or write him at Maryland Fisheries Service, 301 Marine Academy Dr., Stevensville, Md., 21666.

In return, participating anglers will receive a Department of Natural Resources hat.

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