Since May, 668 dolphin have been tagged along the U.S. East Coast for the Dolphinfish Research Program (DRP), and 24 of those fish have been recaptured as of today. This represents an overall recapture rate of 3.5%, which is high compared to previous years (2.1% in 2018 and 2.2% in 2019). Considering only fish tagged and released in June in the Florida Keys over the past three years, the recapture rate for those fish was 2.6% in 2018, 2.9% in 2019, and 4.5% this year. What can explain the high recapture rate this year for dolphin tagged in the Florida Keys? Does this mean more anglers are fishing this year? That there are less dolphin or dolphin habitat (sargassum) moving through the region? Or, is it a combination of those factors? We have heard reports from some fishermen that the pandemic has reduced the number of trips they make in a year, but for others, they are fishing more than ever. We have also received mixed reports about the run of dolphin through the Florida Straits in that it seems the dolphin did not show up and there was a lack of large sargassum patches. Another factor that could explain the high recovery rate is proper tagging protocols followed by DRP participating vessels. By tagging vessel, WamJam has a 5.9% recovery rate with 5 of the 84 fish they tagged in June recovered. Killin’ Time II has a 5.1% recovery rate (17 recaptures from 327 tagged and released). Last year, WamJam had a .7% recovery rate and Killin’ Time II had 5.3% recovery rate. Therefore, the uptick in higher overall recovery rate could be simply be due to better tagging protocols used by WamJam. But, another vessel, Slam Em’ Back Captained by Jay Reid, only tagged six fish and one of those fish was recovered (a 16% recovery rate). Data such as these collected in association with the DRP are useful in comparing past, present, and future trends for dolphin and are only made possible through the dedication of anglers such as you.