Tarpon Genetic Recapture Study (VIDEO)

Watch and learn how to participate in the Tarpon Genetic Recapture Study.

In this video, you will get a step-by-step look at how to take a tarpon DNA sample and submit it to the FWC. Researchers from the FWC and Mote Marine Laboratory use these samples to identify and track individual tarpon and learn about where they live, how far they travel, and how often they are recaptured.


This video was produced by Florida Sea Grant and the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Communications.



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