The Recreational Fisheries Research Institute, Inc. (RFRI)
The RFRI has long been an integral part in the development of improved fishery data collection, fish habitat restoration, and the fostering of a catch and release, citizen-scientist driven movement amongst Louisiana’s recreational and tournament anglers. The partnership of recreational anglers and scientist help everyone conserve the resource while maintaining access to great times spent outdoors and on the water. A variety of projects have branched out from this common goal and each one has been successful in its focused goals. Learn more about our mission.
A cooperative Marine fish tagging program to improve our understanding of marine sport fish movements, patterns of habitat use and population dynamics.
Tag It Tournament
A virtual tournament series that helps collect valuable information about sport fish. Anglers take photos of their catch via our Angler Almanac app and tag their releases.
Turn your phone into one of your favorite fishing tools while also turning your catch into citizen scientist data that can be utilized to modernize fish management.
Fishial.AI Fish ID Photo Challenge
RFRI has partnered with the Wye Foundation on the Fishial.AI Fish ID Project with the goal of making highly accurate fish identification "Fishial Recognition" possible. Anglers can join the photo challenge to contribute.
Marine Sport Fish Enhancement
In the states of Texas and Florida, supplemental, hatchery-based stocking, in combination with standard management practices, has resulted in a successful and sustaining program of Red Drum enhancement.
Outdoors & Education Programs
In a time when technology often holds us captive, RFRI understands the importance of getting outside, being physically active, embracing teamwork and connecting with nature and each other.
Fishing tournaments continue to grow in popularity and diversity of formats, but putting them on has never been easier with the development of the RFRI Leaderboard software.
The RFRI has also developed ideas, processes, and software for a variety of related projects, and we invite you to learn more about their successful implementation of them.
The latest news, announcements events and media from RFRI.