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Florida survey seeks information on red snappers

Biologists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Fish and Wildlife Research Institute are requesting angler assistance with a research project focusing on red snapper caught in Florida offshore waters.

This project will provide fisheries researchers and managers with vital catch-and-release survival information needed for assessing the status of the recreational fishery.

Biologists at the institute will approach anglers at public areas along the Gulf Coast of Florida, including boat ramps, fishing piers and marinas, to request participation in the study. The biologists will distribute survey cards designed to collect detailed information about fishing trips targeting red snapper.

This information includes where red snapper are caught and released, the type of fishing equipment used and the condition of the fish when released. The data will provide vital information that will help improve the management of the popular recreational fishery.

Anyone fishing for red snapper in Florida also can request a postage-paid survey card in the mail by e-mailing their name and address to fishstats@myfwc.com. To download a data sheet, visit myfwc.com/research/saltwater; click on “Recreational Fisheries” and select the article “FWC Enlists Anglers to Assist Reef Fish Studies.”

In addition to completing survey cards anglers, boat captains and mates can assist reef fish research by reporting tagged fish to the Angler Tag Return Hotline at (800) 367-4461.

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