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Results from Red Snapper Research on the Atlantic Coast

Researchers at FWC’s Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI) rely on recreational anglers and professional captains to help them gather important information about the Atlantic Red Snapper fishery. The Red Snapper stock was determined to be overfished in 2009 and, as the Atlantic population continues to recover, recreational harvest of Red Snapper has only opened for short periods over one to three weekends in recent years. The seasons provide an opportunity for researchers in Florida to collect biological data from harvested Red Snapper that helps monitor the stock’s recovery. The information is used to provide fishery managers with a precise estimate of the numbers of Red Snapper harvested during the recreational season to ensure fishing is sustainable.

chart showing number of interviews conducted at different locations

Number of interviews conducted and number of red snapper sampled at inlets on the east coast of Florida during the 2018 red snapper season.

Over the six days that the 2018 Atlantic Red Snapper season was open, FWRI researchers interviewed over 1,300 boat parties returning from fishing for Red Snapper at inlets on the east coast of Florida, and those anglers allowed biologists to weigh and measure over 2,500 Red Snapper across the region.

two pie charts showing numbers of interviews and fish sampled during the 2018 red snapper season

Number of charter and private boat fishing parties that were interviewed, and number of red snapper sampled from these locations, during the 2018 Atlantic red snapper season.

FWRI researchers appreciate anglers and captains who took the time to participate in surveys and allowed biologists to sample their catch. The Red Snapper sampling effort on the east coast of Florida is a great example of scientists, anglers, spear fishers, and charter captains working together to collect high quality data to manage Florida’s fisheries.

Additional Information:

Atlantic Red Snapper Regulations

What Do I Do If I Catch a Tagged Fish?

Latest Red Snapper Stock Assessment

Catch-and-Release Tips