Help for filling out the form or Questionnaire

The "Database on tagging experiments" is an ORACLE database, containing descriptions of tagging experiments. It should not be confused with the "Manual of tagging or marking methods" which contains examples of methods for tagging or marking in document form.


The purpose of the "Database on tagging experiments" is to provide information on tagging-marking experiments that are in progress or have been. It can be searched for information for example on who is using particular method or what kind of tags are used or species of fish in tagging-marking experiments.

Entry of data

Anyone who has access to the web-site can enter information on their tagging -marking experiments through the questionnaire template attached to the data-base.

For security reasons these do not go directly to the database but are kept in a temporary file until they have been looked at, edited if necessary and then entered into the database.

After that one can search for ones own entry in the database. Repetition of methods, species and purpose, is normal in this database if a particular experiment is not replicated. We want as many experiments as possible into this database. Does not matter if they are in progress or finished.



If one wants to make changes of the record, one can past it from the web into an e-mail, where the corrections are made in such a way that they can be recognised by the web-manager and sent to This can also be done by fax Faxno. +354 562 3790, for the attention of Villi Thorsteinsson.


Entering data into the form

Most of the entries are optional but we must have a contact name and institute (author of experiment or person filling the form). 

If you have problems with the English name or Latin for the species in the description of an experiment, there is a link to a "Dictionary of fish and various marine and fresh-water animals, in Latin, English, French, German, Norwegian, Danish and Icelandic " by Dr. Gunnar Jónsson, Marine Research Institute, Iceland. Link 

If you want to send in more than one experiment description, you can submit one and then either select a new form or back up to the form again. If you use the "Back to" the entries should still be there as they were before you submitted the form. You can then alter what is needed and submit the form again. 

Most of the form is self-explanatory. If you need further explanations please contact "" 


Institute responsible for the experiment, or where the experiment is carried out.



Author is the person responsible for the experiment


04.03 person filling in the form (if not author):

05.01 Name of experiment (English): Name of the experiment is e.g. as titled in work proposals,

05.02 ID code: ID code used in work proposals or accepted projects e.g. EU supported projects

05.03 Financial source: Examples: Government, EU,......

05.04 Annual cost (ECUs):


06.01 Year experiment began (begins):

06.02 Year experiment ends (ended):

06.03 Continuous


07. PURPOSE_OF_STUDY: Select the appropriate boxes as many as there are reasons for. The objective of monitoring needs a further explanation of what is being monitored.

If the list does not include the purpose of the experiment you are describing you can select "Other (which)" and write the purpose of the experiment in the text box given.


08. SPECIES (Latin):


09. COMMON_NAME (English):


10. LIFE_STAGE: Examples: Sexually mature, juvenile, 0-group, All above 0-group, Age-classes II-X, etc.


11.01 MIN_SIZE (cm total length):

11.02 MAX_SIZE(cm total length):

11.03 AVR_SIZE(cm total length):



14.01 type of (primary) tag/mark: A name list of most common tags is provided.

Please punch in the first letter of the type of tag you are using. A popup list of names of tags will appear. You can scroll back and forth until you find the tag you are using or if it is not on the list, select "Other, which" from the top of the list and then enter the name of tag in a box which is provided.

14.02 type of secondary tag/mark (in double tagging experiments): Same as for 14.01.



In the boxes below where on the fish the tag was applied.

Examples: Fins - 1st dorsal, anal etc. Body surface - dorsal, ventral, head. Internal - stomach, body cavity, intra muscular. At the base of 1st dorsal fin.



How the tag is attagched to the fish:

Examples:Tag gun, syringe, surgical implant, plunger, wire/thread, etc.



Very often it is necessary to anaesthetise or pacify the fish (or animal) during the tagging-marking operation. If an anaesthetic material or the pacifying method is used which is not on the list of options please write in the "Others" text box.

In mixed experiments one may have to use two boxes.




18.02 TAG_REL_LOCATION : Geographic area. Examples: Iceland-south-west, off the West Coast of ...., Lofoten area - Norway, etc.





(press, letter, leaflet, posters, combination, etc.)


(Money, prize, lottery, badges, t-shirts, information, combination, etc.)






23. METHOD NAME (Name of the method used in experiment):

It is possible to refer to a method in the Methods-section.



24. SHORT_METHOD_DESCRIPTION ( text, 1 page at the most):

It is possible to refer to a method in the Methods-section.





26. COMMENTS(Any comments on the experiment): You can refer to a particular method in the method section.


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