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The easiest way for anglers to get involved in a fish tagging program is to record and report information on the tagged fish that they catch. (For more information on what and how to report, see our Caught a Tagged Fish? page.) But if you'd like to start tagging fish yourself, we recommend that you find an existing program in your state that is open to anglers. Keep in mind that in some states, tagging by non-scientific or non-agency personnel is outlawed or strongly regulated.

You can use our Program Search Tool to find a tagging program in your state or for the species you're interested in.

If your organization is interested in starting its own tagging program, click here for more information and advice from the ASMFC Interstate Tagging Committee.


For questions about fish tagging in freshwater, contact your state agency.
For additional information about tagging in marine waters contact Jeff Kipp at jkipp@asmfc.org

Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission