PIER studies on Wahoo
The PIER team assessed the fine-scale movement patterns of wahoo in the Eastern North Pacific using archival tagging methods. The study used traditional hook and line techniques to deploy over 100 archival tags off the coast of Baja California Sur, Mexico. The study revealed relatively high short-term recapture rates, and documented depth trends for this poorly studied species. The work was performed in collaboration with Dr. Sofia Ortega from CICIMAR in La Paz. Read more about PIER wahoo research.
Collaborative studies with researchers from Scripps Institution of Oceanography have also focused on the respiratory physiology of the wahoo. These studies assessed the degree to which the wahoo gills are specialized for high cardiovascular performance and compared the respiratory structures with other active species (i.e., tunas, marlins and swordfish). Read more about this work.