UNDERSTANDING MIGRATORY PATTERNS AND
LIFE HISTORY STRATEGIES OF LARGE PELAGICS
Highly migratory species, such as marlin and
tuna, are among the ocean’s most magnificent.
With ranges that cover entire oceans, such fish
are also very difficult to study. Deployment of
satellite tags into billfish and tuna provides
researchers and conservationists with the
ability to understand migratory patterns and
how to effectively manage their populations.
Bass Pro Shops supports a number of
satellite tagging studies. This cutting-edge
research is essential to ensuring a bright future
for fish that travel thousands of miles over the
course of their lifetimes. These studies include:
University of Maine Bluefin Tuna Tagging
Program – Earlier in 2023, the Bass Pro Shops
and Cabela’s Outdoor Fund made a 5-year,
$250,000 commitment to support deployment
of electronic tags on Atlantic bluefin tuna.
The Great Marlin Race – A one-of-a-kind
research collaboration between the IGFA,
Stanford University, and the recreational
sportfishing community. Bass Pro Shops is a
long-term supporter and has sponsored tag
deployments in blue and white marlin up and
down the Eastern seaboard of the United States
and broader Caribbean/Gulf of Mexico region.
JOHNNY MORRIS, BASS PRO SHOPS, AND
WORLD WIDE SPORTSMAN ARE COMMITTED TO
SUPPORTING BENEFICIAL CONSERVATION INITIATIVES
FOR SALTWATER HABITATS AND FISHERIES.
• The Modern Fish Act: leading
national policy efforts
• The Bonefish & Tarpon Trust:
largest lifetime industry donor
largest lifetime donor
• Advancing cutting-edge
research with partners including:
Bonefish & Tarpon Trust, IGFA,
University of Maine
Johnny and lifelong fishing buddy
Captain Alex Adler releasing a giant
bluefin tuna off Islamorada in the Florida
Keys on March 12, 2021. It is believed to
be only the 3rd giant bluefin tuna caught
on rod and reel in the last 50 years.
TRACKING THE MIGRATORY PROGRESS
OF THE ELUSIVE ATLANTIC BLUEFIN TUNA
Johnny, Paul and Cookie Murray, Karl,
U. Main Pelagic Fisheries lab assistant
professor Walt Golet (in the foreground),
and a team of biologist caught, tagged,
and released Atlantic bluefin tuna in
Nova Scotia and tracked their migratory
progress all the way across the Atlantic
near the shores of Portugal contributing
to important conservation research.
Thank you for shopping with us. More than that, thank you for being a saltwater angler.
Together we are accomplishing great things.