When tropical storms hit, red snapper get moving, according to researchers with the Department of Marine Sciences at the University of South Alabama.
The scientists studied more than 10,000 tagged red snapper since 1990. According to data, 25 to 50 percent of the tagged snapper moved to calmer locations during a hurricane. The patterns could be attributed to loss of habitat or large wave surges. “We’ve learned that red snapper move much farther than we had realized, and that this movement is definitely storm related,” said Dr. Bob Shipp, chairman of the study. For more information, visit www.southalabama.edu/marinesciences.