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Marine Fisheries - nr-64-2017 Red Snapper

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Release: Immediate
Date: Nov. 1, 2017
Contact: Patricia Smith
Phone: 252-726-7021

Marine Fisheries collecting red snapper carcasses
during mini-season to help with future stock assessments

8-point rule

 

MOREHEAD CITY — The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries will collect red snapper carcasses from recreational fishermen during the upcoming mini-season to help federal officials better assess the population and health of red snapper.

The division has set up freezers at 20 locations along the coast where fishermen can take their carcasses. In return, the angler will receive a citation (certificate) from the N.C. Saltwater Fishing Tournament.

For a map of these locations, go here.

Fishermen should leave the head and tail intact on the fish carcass. Instructions on how to deposit the carcasses are posted on each freezer. Anglers will be asked to give information related to how and when the fish was caught. Fishermen also will be asked for their names and addresses to receive their reward and citation.

Division biologists will measure the fish, determine the sex, if possible, and remove the otoliths (ear bones) to determine the fish’s age. The information collected will be provided to the National Marine Fisheries Service for use in future red snapper stock assessments. Stock assessments rely on a variety of information, including biological data, to provide an understanding of a species’ population.

The 2017 recreational red snapper season will open for two, three-day weekends (Friday, Saturday, Sunday): Nov. 3-5 and Nov. 10-12 with a one-fish bag limit and no size limit.

A commercial mini-season will open Nov. 2 with a 75-pound gutted weight trip limit. It will close Dec. 31 or when the commercial quota is met (whichever comes first). Division biologists will obtain data from commercially-caught red snapper at the fish houses. Commercially-caught carcasses should not be left in the freezers listed above.

For more specific information on the mini season, go here for commercial regulations and here for recreational regulations. To read the National Marine Fisheries Service bulletin on the mini season, go here.

For more information on this red snapper carcass collection program, go here, or contact Carole Willis, division sportfishing specialist, at 252-808-8081 or carole.y.willis@ncdenr.gov.

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