Louisiana Cooperative Marine Fish Tagging Program
What Is Tagging Anyway?
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Below are answers to common questions regarding the Louisiana Cooperative Marine Fish Tagging Program. If you do not see an answer to your question here, please use the Contact Us tab to submit feedback.
GENERAL TAGGING PROGRAM QUESTIONS –
Why become a volunteer fish tagger for the Louisiana Cooperative Marine Fish Tagging Program?
· Fish tagging programs play an important role for fishery managers in assessing fish populations.
· Performed properly, tagging can generate a wealth of information used to study population structure, growth rates, mortality rates (longevity), movement patterns, and habitat preferences.
· Anglers have an opportunity to become “citizen scientists” by providing data that can be difficult, often impossible, and expensive to obtain by other means.
· Best of all, fish tagging is an exciting and rewarding way for anglers to give back to a resource they treasure.
How do I sign-up to become a volunteer fish tagger?
· Simply click on the “I’d Like to Start Tagging” button at the top of the screen. Complete the required information for Sign Up & Account Registration and click the “Submit” button.
· We will contact you by email to verify your tagging kit request; please respond to the email promptly. We will then send you a fish tagging kit. There may be 3-4 weeks processing time before you receive the items.
What fish should I tag?
· Please tag ONLY redfish, speckled trout, yellowfin tuna, and red snapper at this time.
What is the proper way to tag fish?
· Click on the How-To tab to learn proper fish tagging methods.
Can I share my tags with other anglers and vice-versa?
· NO. If you know anglers that are interested in tagging fish, please direct them to this website to sign-up for their own kit.
· If you are fishing with other taggers, please be sure to keep your tags separate.
· All tags are assigned to the specific angler they were sent to; if you use other angler’s tags or vice-versa, the captures will automatically be credited to the angler for which the tags were originally assigned. If you or someone you know has a large amount of tags that were not originally assigned to them, please contact us to re-assign the tags to the correct angler.
USING THE TAG LOUISIANA WEBSITE –
What can I do on the Tag Louisiana website?
· This website allows anglers to sign-up for the Louisiana Cooperative Marine Fish Tagging Program, register for a user account, learn more about the program and how-to-tag, view target species and common species, enter capture and recapture data, view their captures and recaptures, order more tags, submit feedback, and more.
I’m already a fish tagger; how do I get a password to login to the Tag Louisiana website or smartphone App?
· Simply click on the “I’m A Tagger” button, then click on the “Sign Up” button. This will allow you to register for a user account.
· Once you have completed registration, program staff will need to link your new online user account to your data in the tagging database. This process may take a few days, but once you are linked you will be able to submit data online, view your tagging data, order tags, and more.
How can I request more tags?
· Login with your user account information.
· Click on the Order Tags tab on the left side of your screen.
· Choose the type of tags and number of tags.
· Click the “Order Tags” button one time to submit your request.
· You should see the following message “Thank you for your tag request. Please allow for 1 week processing.”
How can I reset my password?
· Click on the Account Settings tab to reset your password. If you are still having difficulties you may contact the program administrator by clicking the Contact Us tab or by using the contact information listed at the bottom of the screen.
I’m having problems using the website; what should I do?
· You may contact the program administrator by clicking the Contact Us tab or by using the contact information listed at the bottom of the screen.
ENTERING FISH TAGGING DATA –
How do I enter my fish tagging data?
· Click on the Enter Capture tab. You will be prompted to enter your “Hours on Water” (see the next question for an explanation).
· Fill in the required fields for your “Hours on Water”, then click “Submit & Enter My Captures” to move forward and enter your fish tagging data.
· Complete the required fields for your first tag. You can click the lock icons to save information in specific fields.
· Once you have “locked” desired fields, you can click the “Add Another” button on the bottom right of the capture entry box. This will create a new capture entry form for the next tag number in sequence. The fields you “locked” will be saved and you can fill in any data that changed, such as length and comments.
· After you have entered all your tags, click the "Submit Captures" button ONE time.
· A 24 hour countdown will begin and the captures will be editable in the My Pending Captures tab. You may make any changes needed at this time. After 24 hours, the captures will be verified for completion of required fields by program staff. Once the captures are verified you can view them in the My Captures tab and they will be counted in the captures table in the My Dashboard tab.
Why do I have to enter Hours on Water?
· Providing information on the total number of hours you spent on the water during each fishing trip when you tagged at least one fish will help assist in funding the Louisiana Cooperative Marine Fish Tagging Program.
Why is my tagging data in My Pending Captures?
· All capture entries that are submitted using the “Submit Captures” button will automatically be put into the My Pending Captures tab and you will have 24 hours to make any edits needed. After 24 hours, the captures will be verified for completion of required fields by program staff. Once the captures are verified you can view them in the My Captures tab and they will be counted in the captures table in the My Dashboard tab.
What does “season” mean on My Dashboard?
· For the purposes of the Louisiana Cooperative Marine Fish Tagging Program, a season runs from October 1st of one year through September 30th of the following year (unless otherwise noted).
How do I get an invite to the annual Tagging Awards Banquet?
· Dedicated volunteer fish taggers are recognized at the annual Tagger Awards Banquet, typically held in the fall. The number of fish tagged by each angler during the season is analyzed and invitations are sent out based on the program’s overall performance that season. The minimum number of tagged fish needed to be invited to the banquet may change each season. The program may also send out incentives to dedicated anglers during other times of the year.
If I enter my fish tagging data using the website or phone app, do I also need to mail in the data cards?
· No. You only need to submit data using ONE method.
· We DO suggest that you keep copies of your tagging data for your records.
VIEWING MY FISH TAGGING DATA –
I signed up for an account, but My Dashboard indicates I have 0 captures; where is my data?
· After you register for a user account, program staff must link your user information to your LAG or LAW number in the tagging database.
· This process may take up to one week.
· Once your information has been linked, you can view your tagging data and assigned tags.
When will the tags I just entered show up on My Dashboard?
· You have 24 hours to edit your tagging data once you submit captures.
· After 24 hours, tagging program staff will verify your capture data.
· The tags will show up on your My Dashboard tab after data verification; the verification process usually takes one week.
REPORTING RECAPTURES –
I caught a tagged fish, how do I report this recapture?
- Tag number
- Total length of fish (from head to tail)
- GPS coordinates
- Date and time
- Phone number listed on the tag
· Report the tagged fish as soon as possible to claim a reward. You can call the phone number on the tag or submit the recapture using our website or smartphone app.
· If you are a member of the fish tagging program, please login to report recaptures:
- Go to “Enter Capture”.
- Click the box for “Recapture”.
- Enter recapture data and submit.
· If possible, release the fish alive and in good condition with the tag still intact.
· Report all recaptures, even if it is one of your own tagged fish.
ANGLER REMINDERS –
· Must fully complete all data cards and submissions.
· MUST provide location description AND GPS coordinates for all tagged fish and recaptures.
· Submit fish tagging data in a TIMELY manner, in case your fish are recaptured.
· Do NOT use tags assigned to other anglers. Contact us to re-assign bulk amounts of tags if needed.
· Please remember to only tag the 4 target species: redfish, speckled trout, red snapper, and yellowfin tuna.
· Be sure to report all recaptures, even of your own fish.
· Please provide us with any feedback you may have.