About LA Creel
The Louisiana Recreational Creel Survey (LA Creel) replaces the Marine Recreational Information Program (MRIP) developed by the National Marine Fisheries Service to collect recreational fisheries harvest data. LDWF fully implemented LA Creel on January 1, 2014 at marinas and boat launches throughout Louisiana.
LA Creel was first used in 2013 to improve estimates of recreational red snapper recreational harvest. Thanks to the support of Louisiana anglers, LDWF Biologists measured 23 times more fish and surveyed 49 times more vessel trips than the federal MRIP Survey. This meant that we were able to provide more precise estimates of the numbers and sizes of red snapper harvested during that season.
The extensive monitoring from LA Creel gives managers more confidence in their data and a better foundation for management of our fisheries.