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Packard funds fish tagging

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Scientists will be keeping a close eye on the wanderings of grouper and snapper in select areas of the Pacific Ocean, thanks to a $480,000 grant from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.

The three-year grant from the Packard’s Conservation and Science Program will be directed to researchers at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts.

The funds will be used to “tag” fish with chemicals that allow scientists to follow their movements through the Great Barrier Reef and the waters off Papua New Guinea.

The goal of the project is to determine if Marine Protected Areas, developed to stop declines in marine animals due to over-fishing, are effective in extending populations beyond the protected regions.

The project will be led by Simon Thorrold, a fish ecologist and associate scientist with Woods Hole’s department of biology.

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