Recreational Anglers and Professional Fishers Assist with Red Snapper Research on the Atlantic Coast of Florida

Scientists gather information about the Atlantic red snapper fishery with assistance from anglers during 2014 season in Atlantic federal waters.

Scientist collecting data, caption belowAn FWC scientist in Port Canaveral collects biological samples from a
red snapper obtained from a
charter vessel’s catch.

In January 2010, the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (SAFMC) and NOAA Fisheries closed the red snapper fishery to protect the population from too much fishing pressure and to allow the population to increase in abundance. The two organizations approved opening the recreational and commercial fisheries in 2012 and again in 2014 after new scientific information projected the population will continue to improve, even with some allowable catch. The fishery reopened for a short period of time to prevent too many fish from being harvested.

Opening this fishery provided fishermen the opportunity to harvest the red snapper catch limit and enhanced the social and economic benefits to the fishery by supporting recreational and commercial fishing jobs and businesses.

The retention of red snapper created an opportunity to collect important life history information that fishery scientists could use in a future population assessment. Anglers are encouraged to participate in fish surveys during the recreational opening.

The following locations are designated carcass drop-off locations:

 Camachee Cove Sportfishing Charters
 235 Yacht Club Drive
 Saint Augustine FL 32084

 Cat’s Paw Marina
 220 Nix Boat Yard Rd
 Saint Augustine,  FL 32084

 Conch House Marina
 45 Comares Ave
 Saint Augustine FL 32084

 Fernandina Harbor Marina
 3 S Front St
 Fernandina Beach, FL 32034

  Mayport Boat Ramp 
  4870 Ocean St
  Atlantic Beach, FL 32233

  Sisters Creek Boat Ramp
(NOTE: this site will NOT be a carcass drop off site during the last weekend July 25-26, due to the Greater Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament taking place at this site)

  Sunrise Marina 
  505 Glen Cheek Dr
  Cape Canaveral, FL 32920

  Tony’s Fish Market
  4705 1st St
  Grant-Valkaria, FL 32949  

FWC researchers appreciate all the anglers and captains taking time to participate in surveys and for allowing biologists to sample their catch. The red snapper sampling effort on the east coast of Florida is a great example of scientists and fishermen working together to collect high-quality data needed to manage Florida’s fisheries.

Additional information:
Atlantic red snapper regulations

NOAA Fisheries – How can you help with 2014 data collection?

Fishing resource information, including fish identification guidance and catch-and-release tips

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