It was with great vision that in 1987 Maumus “Timau” Claveier with the Coastal Conservation Association of Louisiana (CCA) created a redfish tagging program, Cooperative Marine Sport Fish Tagging Program (CMSFTP). By 1995 the CMSFTP was the nation’s premiere tagging program with over 200 volunteer anglers tagging 10,000 fish. However, after these initial successes the program slowly lost its momentum and focus.
In 1999 the RFRI, through its leadership, diverse partnership building, and grassroots efforts and the AZBY Fund partnered to nurture this program back to and beyond its early successes. Today, thanks to the RFRI and the AZBY Fund’s nearly two decades of support and rebranding, as it’s known today “TAG Louisiana (TAG)” introduces anglers to a more qualitative or “scientific” method that yields data to better understand the unique life histories of fish, it provides information that is difficult, often impossible, and expensive to obtain and was refocused to employ and educate anglers “Citizen Scientist” about the importance and need for management and conservation through their participation.
The two main objectives of TAG are to establish a sound marine sport fish tag and recapture program utilizing a diverse cooperative program specifically designed to employ and educate anglers and to improve our understanding of marine sport fish movements, patterns of habitat use and population dynamics.
To date the program has had more than 5,000 volunteer anglers tagging over 320,000 fish. Despite these great successes, in 2018 Louisiana eliminated support and funding for TAG. Fortunately, in 2017, RFRI and AZBY once again announced its renewed leadership role.
Since 2018 RFRI redefined TAG through its “Citizen Scientist” initiative and its new “Fish with a Propose” resolve! Some of the major advancements included a totally redesigned website and data management system and a 365 - 24/7 automated answering service.
RFRI has played different rolls and levels of involvement since 1999; however most recently, during 2020, COVID-19 forced CCA to cut back on staffing and services due to lost fundraising opportunities. To that end the RFRI has been once again asked to administer TAG. RFRI willingly accepted this challenge and together with the AZBY Fund continued to support and manage TAG Louisiana.
Go to the following link to see the RFRI’s accomplishments and future with TAG