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Anglers Almanac

Your catch into citizen scientist data

Anglers Almanac

Check out the new Anglers Almanac App that will 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. The App is simple and offers a variety of benefits. It comes naturally for anglers to take a quick photo of their catch. But now through the app, your fish can be measured, identified, and cataloged with the current atmospheric conditions creating a log to be used by you and scientists to improve future fishing. You can also share information with your fishing buddies via the app, making bragging even easier! Those participating in TAG Louisiana will find it even easier to enter their data for each tagged fish giving enhanced information on conditions during the catch to fish managers. You can benefit from what they learn using the “Fishing Professor”, a section focused on improving your angling by increasing your knowledge of fish biology and behaviors. Anglers can also access fishing “Hot Zones” created from landing data being collected in real-time, which could make the day when deciding where to go fishing. There are many ways the Anglers Almanac can improve your fishing game and it’s as easy as snapping a picture of your latest catch of the day.

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Anglers Almanac Features & Roadmap

Become a Citizen Scientist & Fish with a Purpose

The Anglers Almanac App will provide dockside data faster and will be more cost effective than the current State & Fed systems. It's simple! While fishing, snap a photo of all fish captured and answer a few simple questions. The app will automatically measure and ID the fish species. This will allow recreational anglers the ability to participate in data collection giving them DIRECT ownership of the data, leading to DIRECT participation into MANAGEMENT DECISIONS!

This was field tested via the 2022 TAGitLA Red Snapper Tournament. The tournament is designed to collect information utilized in making management decisions, provides valuable scientific data, includes key stakeholders, and demonstrates novel approaches to collecting data real-time. In 2023 TAGitLA will again conduct a Red Snapper Virtual Tournament & introduce a Redfish Tournament.

TAG Louisiana (Completed)
Taggers can again enter and review tag data on their mobile devices! Click Here to see how. Tagged fish can now be entered with as few as 3 “clicks”. However, it must be done real time at the location of the tagging event. After the fact tagging data entry feature will be added at a later date for now you can still do that on the mobile website TAGLOUISIANA

TAGitLA (Completed) Tournament Anglers can also enter their catches via the App.

Fish ID (Completed)
Artificial Intelligence will automatically identify 120+ fish species at a >95% accuracy level. Many Gulf of Mexico fish are relatively simply to identify (Red Drum), whereas others like snapper and grouper can be challenging and accurate identification is critical for catch limits and quotas. If you want to participate in teaching the AI how to better ID fish go to the Fish Recognition tab in the app and enter fish photos.

Fishing Friends (Coming Late 2023)
Anglers can see what other anglers catch and can stay in touch with fellow users. Exchanging information about weather conditions, tides and what baits and techniques are working best. Anglers will be able to get real-time updates sent right to their dashboard via the app.

Fishing Analytics (Spring 2023)
Utilizing LDWF’s marine fish sampling data, new levels of insight will help anglers understand why and how they caught fish & where they are. Easy to read data reports & heat maps will not only provide every available environmental condition but will point anglers to areas of high sport fish concentrations or bait fish schools that attract sport fish. Data collection and analysis are integral to managing important marine fish populations. Fishing Analytics Project staff participates in gathering, managing, reviewing, and analyzing fishery data used to satisfy regulatory requirements, and most importantly providing these data to users!

Fishing Forecast (Fall 2023)
Anglers can capture fish photos while fishing. Just snap a photo & the app will capture atmospheric and hydrological data. This will enhance the anglers personal fishing logs. This records environmental conditions that can influenced fish feeding, allowing for more successful trips. The App will help anglers understand why and how they caught fish. Linking capture data to atmospheric and hydrological data (i.e. salinity, water depth, air temperature, etc) during a particular trip will allow anglers to maintain personal fishing logs and allows researchers to link catch with environmental conditions. Why is this important? Angler engagement and the ability to manage fisheries in real-time considering winds, storms, fronts and other conditions that affect anglers' ability to get to the fish is extremely important and is currently not happening. Matching catches to local weather conditions will give anglers more insight to their captures. It will also allow them to look at forecasted conditions and predict potential fishing success through the Apps exclusive machine learning tool. They will also be able to open a capture for more details to see environmental data matched to the date and time the capture was made and if they choose to, they can share and discuss it right in the application with fish friends.

Fishing Professor (Summer 2023)Using real-time data from Louisiana's La Creel surveys, the Fishing Professor tells you what kinds of fish were caught, where and when. Users can limit their search to specific types of fish and can even home in on precise fishing areas and marinas where fish were caught or landed. When planning for a trip a week or two away, the ‘Landings by Marina’ or the ‘Hot Zone’ map can help make fishing trip decisions and increase the odds of catching a targeted species. Using the ‘Hot Zones’ feature, anglers can find out where fish have been biting in the past five days, 14 days, 30 days or in the previous year. The ‘Landings by Marina’ feature will help determine what marinas the fish landed. This data is essential for developing accurate fishery assessments, and for evaluating the effectiveness of state and federal fishery management policies.

Traditional Info
Tides, current weather & solunar tables will also be available.

Automatic Fish Measurements (Fall 2023)

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