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September 13, 2012

Anglers Can Help Contribute to the Collection of Red Snapper Data

Red SnapperThe recreational fishery for red snapper will open for a short mini season September 14-16 and again the following weekend, September 21-23. This season will provide a brief window of opportunity for biologists to gather important biological information that will be useful for, and enhance the 2014 red snapper stock assessment. State biologists are utilizing a number of different mechanisms to collect data including carcass drop off locations, online surveys, and dockside sampling. For SC anglers, this is a chance to contribute towards the management of the red snapper fishery in the South Atlantic. Because there is a desperate need for these samples, the SC Department of Natural Resources is encouraging anglers who catch any red snapper during this period to please participate in this data collection effort.

Making collection of red snapper samples convenient for anglers

Anglers may donate their red snapper carcasses to the SCDNR by dropping them off at any one of the drop off sites (designated freezers) including Fish On Outfitters, 800 Sea Mountain Hwy., North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582; Harrelson’s Seafood Mkt., 4368 U.S. 17 Business, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576; Georgetown Landing Marina, 432 Marina Drive Georgetown, SC 29440; The Boathouse Restaurant, 397 Squire Pope Rd, Hilton Head Island, SC 29926. Freezers with the DNR logo have been placed at these locations and can be accessed 24 hours a day. For more information on Carcass Drop Off Program.

In addition, boats that are returning through Charleston Harbor, can come by water to the Marine Resources Center at Fort Johnson Marine, to have their red snapper sampled. This on site sampling is available on the specified dates (September 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23) between the hours of 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm. For more information on Site Sampling at Marine Resources Center at Fort Johnson.

Anglers also encouraged to participate in on-line survey

Anglers can also contribute catch and fishing effort information during the seasons through an online survey. The online surveys will be used to collect basic information about an angler's fishing trip, including date, length, and location of a fishing trip, as well as the number and size of fish landed and/or released. The online survey can be found here: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SCDNRRedSnapper2012.


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