Tagged Winter Flounder Released on Vineyard

Photo/New England Boating, Tom Richardson

MVGazette: Close to 5,000 tagged juvenile winter flounder will be released this week into Nashaquitsa Pond, following a 2-year federally funded study. Last week, crews involved in the project at the Wampanoag tribe’s hatchery overlooking Menemsha Pond spent 2 days tagging the fish they had raised in the hatchery since last spring. Each fish measured less than 2” in length.

Winter flounder are a severely troubled local fish. Despite extreme measures to cut overfishing, their numbers continue to decline. The project to raise the animals in captivity springs from the view that jump-starting the fishery will require the use of fish hatcheries. Winter flounder spawn in coastal waters, but they spend a good part of their adult lives in the open ocean. Scientists are concerned that deteriorating water quality and warming water temperatures have contributed to declining stocks, especially in this area.

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