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Biologists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI) request 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 this important recreational fishery.
FWRI biologists 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. These biologists will distribute survey cards designed to collect detailed information on 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.
Anyone fishing for red snapper in Florida can also request a postage-paid survey card in the mail, by emailing their name and address to FishStats@MyFWC.com.
In addition to completing survey cards, anglers, vessel captains and mates can assist with reef fish research by reporting tagged fish to the Angler Tag Return Hotline at 800-367-4461. Since 2009, FWRI biologists have been tagging and releasing reef fish back into the Gulf of Mexico in an effort to evaluate the survival of fish caught and released with hook-and-line recreational fishing gear. A similar tagging program began this year on the Atlantic coast.