Fish-tagging program recognizes top volunteers

  • Top Taggers 2017
    VGFTP Top Taggers  VGFTP 2017 top taggers were recognized on February 16 at Bass Pro Shop in Hampton, VA. From L to R: Lewis Gillingham (VMRC), Ed Shepherd, John Knight, Sheldon Arey, Wes Blow, Trevor Embry, Tom Embry, Susanna Musick (VIMS).  
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The Virginia Game Fish Tagging Program (VGFTP) recognized the efforts of top taggers during its annual awards ceremony at Bass Pro Shops in Hampton on February 16.

A cooperative effort between the Marine Advisory Service program at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) and the Virginia Marine Resources Commission (VMRC), the VGFTP uses state saltwater license funds to train volunteer anglers to tag recreationally important finfish. In 2017, VGFTP anglers tagged more than 19,839 fishes and recorded more than 1,541 recaptures.

Top Taggers for 2017