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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 in order 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 an upcoming red snapper stock assessment.
The recreational red snapper season will open at Aug. 23-25 for one three-day weekend. There will be a one-fish bag limit and no size limit.
A commercial mini-season will open Aug. 26 and close when the commercial quota is met. 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 specific information on commercial and recreational harvest limits, go to http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/proclamation-ff-41-2013. To read the National Marine Fisheries Service bulletin on the subject, go to http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/fishery_bulletins/documents/pdfs/2013/fb13-070_sa_rs_2013_season_data_collection.pdf.
For more information on this red snapper carcass collection program, go to http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/snapper/red-snapper-collection or contact Carole Willis, division sportfishing specialist, at 252-808-8081 or firstname.lastname@example.org