The Recreational Fisheries Research Institute


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A New Approach to Conservation

About Our Programs

Present: The RFRI is excited to share many of the successful and innovative projects that have been improving Louisiana’s fisheries science while merging it with the depth of the recreational fishing public, who in turn benefit from their participation in the management process. 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. We welcome partners to join the RFRI in this new approach to conservation combined with the full outdoor experience of great times on the water with family and friends.


Past: Through the grassroots efforts of our leadership and commitment from our partners, the programs that began almost two decades ago continue to produce vital habitat and educational benefits to anglers today.  The programs of RFRI are firmly ingrained in its past. Below are programs that paved that foundation of education RFRI is proud to endorse.


Always: The restoration of fish habitat and increased data collection of “citizen scientists” through past programs like the Bay Ronquille inshore artificial reef and TAG Louisiana allowed for the public’s direct participation in education and conservation.  With new advances in technology, citizen scientists have more availability to this data and the ability to share their experiences than ever before. These same advances in technology have provided researchers with new ways to begin gathering data as well. Now anglers can "Fish with a Purpose”!

Tag Louisiana

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.

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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.

Leaderboard Software

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.

Inshore Artificial Reef Program

The creation of inshore reefs provide two main benefits: they assist in reducing coastal erosion and restore hard bottom and essential fish habitats where it had previously existed.

RFRI Socio/Economic Survey

The survey provided insight on the types of anglers who participate in competitive fishing events, their motivations, expenditures, and their overall economic impact.

Live Catch and Release Redfish Tournaments

With low entry fees, tournaments allow anglers to fish close to home and compete for cash prizes while simultaneously giving back to the resource through tag and release fishing.

More Programs

RFRI leads the way with novel ideas continuing to leave a legacy of leadership. Contact us for more information or to support current or future projects, please consider making a contribution.

All donations are tax deductible.

Would you like to support Us?

Managing the future of fishing in Louisiana is a monumental task and in order for the RFRI to tackle fisheries, habitat, and coastal restoration projects, funding is required. Your contributions will greatly protect, enhance and maintain the Gulf Coast Marine Fishery through science, education and public involvement.