Document Type



Virginia Institute of Marine Science

VIMS Department/Program

Marine Advisory Program (MAP)

Publication Date



VIMS Marine Resource Report No. 2023-5


Through 2022, the Virginia Game Fish Tagging Program (VGFTP) has maintained a 27-year database of records for tagged and recaptured fish. The program is a cooperative project of the Virginia Saltwater Fishing Tournament (VSFT) under the Virginia Marine Resources Commission-(VMRC) and the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) of William & Mary (under the VIMS Marine Advisory Program).

The main goal of the program is to train and maintain an experienced group of anglers who volunteer their time to properly tag and release fishes. Data on tagged and recaptured fish are summarized in annual reports and are accessible on VIMS website: Time series data are organized and provided when requested by anglers, angling groups, researchers, and fishery managers.