Current Volunteers:
For more information, see the Coastal Rockfish Tagging Project Research Website.

Coastal Rockfish Tagging Project

  • Assist Fish and Wildlife with coastal rockfish research.
  • Enjoy an entire day of ocean angling.
  • Help protect an important resource in Washington's coastal community.

What?

A typical day for a volunteer will primarily be spent fishing for rockfish. When needed, other duties can include assisting in the tagging process, returning fish to the ocean, or other tasks.

Volunteers are responsible for providing their own transportation to and from the port, their own accommodations and meals. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited on vessel. Volunteers should also have appropriate clothing including boots and rain gear. Rods and tackle are provided.

All trips are weather dependent; the charter skipper in conjunction with WDFW staff will decide if ocean conditions are save and suitable for tagging operations. Trips can be cancelled on short notice.

Occasionally, fish are killed in the tagging process, and these fish are donated to food banks or other charities. Fishing for non-target species is not permitted.

Why?

Each year volunteers help Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife tag thousands of rockfish to support research and fishery management.

These fish are an important resource to Washington's coastal communities that rely upon recreational fisheries for a vital economy.

When?

Tagging starts in late February and ends by early April.

A typical day starts at 6 a.m. and ends when the vessel returns to port around 4 p.m.

Where?

Tagging is done aboard recreational charter vessels near:

  • Ilwaco
  • Westport
  • Neah Bay
  • La Push

How?

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact rockfishtagging@dfw.wa.gov