Very busy lately preparing for the new season, and working with the Marine Institute catching, and tagging bass at various locations around co.Wexford, the Marine Institute carries out research for government bodies, and advises accordingly on conservation measures. I must admit when a MI staff member explained the procedure I was scetpical to say the least, as follows… 1. Catch a bass 50cm +. 2. Place in container, add solution to anesthetize + its also anti-septic. 3. Wait until bass goes under + place it on “operating table”. 4. Make incision for accoustic tag + place it, stitch up cut. 5. Wait for it to revive, and release it, …… “OK, lets go then”. Above. Bass 50cm + caught, and placed in container, just prior to solution being added to anesthetise, the solution is also an anti-septic agent…. Below. The fish is anesthetized, and the incision is made, fresh sea water must be flushed though the gills during procedure… Above. The Bass has the accoustic tag inserted, and the cut is stitched up by the MI staff member. Below. The fish is placed into fresh well oxegenated sea water to recover.. Above. After just a few minutes the fish come back around, and is given another few minutes to get back all its senses before its release… Below. The release, the bass swims away strongly after its encounter…… The procedure worked perfectly on all the fish tagged. Then if all goes well the inserted tags relays movement data from the individually coded tagged fish to receivers placed on buoys located around SE Ireland. Then every fortnight the data is acoustically transmitted downloaded by the UCC/MI staff. So if you do happen to catch a tagged bass PLEASE do your bit by recording its length, location, and above all RELEASING IT, then reporting to the IFI, or MI which ever is the coinciding tag…..