Louisiana Cooperative Marine Fish Tagging Program
What Is Tagging Anyway?
Recreational anglers are essential to helping us understand the state’s fisheries resources. Find out more about the tagging program and how you can get involved.
What is the TAG Louisiana and How Can I Participate?
About the Program
TAG Louisiana is a collaborative effort between the Coastal Conservation Association and the Recreational Fisheries Research Institute. The program was initiated by the Louisiana Coastal Conservation Association Tagging Program in 1985.
The two main objectives of the tagging program are: (1) to establish a sound marine sport fish tag and recapture program utilizing a diverse cooperative program specifically designed to employ and educate anglers, and (2) to improve our understanding of marine sport fish movements, patterns of habitat use and population dynamics.
It's mission is to maximize recreational benefits while conserving and protecting renewable aquatic resources for present and future generations of Louisiana anglers. Data gathered from this tagging project may be used to evaluate the effects of environmental changes on life in Louisiana’s estuaries. Critical issues such as coastal erosion, wetland loss, freshwater diversion projects and hurricanes will also be addressed.
What are the Roles and Benefits of a Volunteer Angler?
Volunteer anglers provide information that is difficult and expensive to obtain by other means.
Volunteer anglers are trained on proper tagging techniques to ensure survivability of the tagged fish after handling, and are instructed as to the reporting requirements that are expected, such as accurate GPS locations (within one mile) for tracking purposes.
The Tagging Program provides a tagging kit, including tags and tag applicators. Dedicated volunteer taggers receive program gifts and will be given access to the Tagging Community website. Here taggers may track the data they have collected for each of the fish they have tagged, released and reported. Taggers will also be notified if one of their tagged fish is ever recaptured, providing that fish’s history.
Additional prizes may be awarded to volunteer anglers depending on the number of fish tagged annually.
What Do You Do if You Catch A Tagged Fish?
Record the following pertinent information immediately. It’s easy to forget details later.
- Tag number
- Location description and GPS coordinates (within one mile)
- Length of the fish
- Time of day
- Any comments (such as condition)
Release the fish with the tag still intact if under/over size or you would just like to catch and release.
Call 1 (800) 891-3977 as soon as possible to report your tagged fish and receive your reward.