Fish Marking Technology Makes Ontario Debut


SeafoodSource staff

Published on
April 16, 2008

Northwest Marine Technology on April 21 will have an open house for Ontario officials to observe its Autofish system, a process to mass-mark hatchery reared fish.

The demonstration will take place during the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters/Toronto Sportsmen's Show at the Ringwood Fish Culture Station.

Using the AutoFish system the adipose fin is clipped, and a coded wire tag is inserted in the fish's nose, both happening in less than half of a second.

The portable equipment will operate in Ontario under a cooperative arrangement with New York, which began using the equipment about two weeks ago.

"The AutoFish system truly is fishery management technology for the twenty-first century," said Dr. Terry Quinney, Provincial Manager, Fish and Wildlife Services, Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters, in a press release. "AutoFish, which is portable and shared by hatcheries, allows every fish produced in a hatchery to be clipped and tagged, a feat once considered impossible."

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