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September 10, 2012

Florida East Coast Anglers Asked for Help with Red Snapper Data

Survey based on special season expands to the Internet

Researchers with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are looking for angler help to gather information about red snapper caught during the special two-part season that was announced to take place over two weekends this month in South Atlantic federal waters, Sept. 14 through 16 and 21 through 23.

Anglers who are unable to turn in red snapper carcasses at one of the reporting station we reported here last week can still provide key information in an online red snapper survey.

Anglers who catch tagged red snapper are requested to  report it to the Angler Tag Return Hotline: (800) 367-4461, providing, tag number, date and time ofcapture, catch location, fish length, type of bait used and whether the fish was kept or released. For more information about red snapper sampling efforts and for a list of carcass drop-off locations, visit www.MyFWC.com/Research.