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April 18, 2013

DNR seeks angler support for cobia research

CobiaThe S.C. Department of Natural Resources is seeking help from anglers targeting cobia to collect DNA samples of fish caught in 2013 for ongoing research projects. These DNA samples will be used to identify hatchery released cobia and characterize the population structure of cobia captured along our coast.

Anglers in the Beaufort and Hilton Head area are encouraged to contact Greg Knothe at the Waddell Mariculture Center in Bluffton for more information at (843) 837-3795 or knotheg@dnr.sc.gov, while anglers who capture cobia from Charleston to Little River are encouraged to contact Justin Yost at the Marine Resources Research Institute in Charleston at (843) 953-2011 or yostj@dnr.sc.gov.

In June 2012, slightly more than 4,000 juvenile cobia were released in South Carolina waters, but in 2007 there was a release of 50,000 juvenile cobia in Port Royal Sound. Fish from the 2007 release made up approximately 50 percent of cobia caught in 2012, which amply demonstrates the positive impact of restocking and how important it is for the future of the fishery.

Cobia are seasonal migrants to South Carolina waters arriving around late April and disappearing in the fall. For more information about cobia in SC waters see http://www.dnr.sc.gov/marine/species/cobia.html.


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