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