Fish Marking Technology Makes Ontario Debut
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."