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August 19, 2013
Anglers can help contribute to the collection of Red Snapper data
The recreational fishery for red snapper will open for a short mini season from Aug. 23-25. 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 South Carolina 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 S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is encouraging anglers who catch any red snapper during this period to please participate in this data collection effort.
All recreational anglers who contribute a red snapper for sampling will be entered in a drawing to win a Yeti cooler.
Anglers may donate their red snapper carcasses to the DNR 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.
In addition, boats that are returning through Charleston Harbor, can come by water to the Marine Resources Center at Fort Johnson, to have their red snapper sampled. This on site sampling is available on the specified dates between the hours of 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.
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.
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