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Introduction to the Red Snapper Carcass Collection Program

MOREHEAD CITY – The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries will collect red snapper carcasses from recreational fishermen during the upcoming red snapper mini-season.

The division has set up freezers at eight 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.

The freezers are located at:

Hurricane Fleet
9975 Nance St.
Calabash

Ocean Isle Fishing Center
65 Causeway Beach
Ocean Isle Beach

Carolina Beach Fishing Center
313 Canal Drive
Carolina Beach

Tex’s Tackle
215 Old Eastwood Road
Wilmington

Dudley’s Marina
106 Cedar Point Blvd.
Swansboro

Capt. Stacy Fishing Center
415 Atlantic Beach Causeway
Atlantic Beach

Carolina Princess Fishing Center
604 Evans St.
Morehead City

Oden’s Dock
57878 N.C. 12
Hatteras

 
For a map of these locations, go to http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/snapper/freezer-locations.

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 2014 recreational red snapper season will open for two, three-day weekends (Friday, Saturday, Sunday): July 11-13; July 18-20; and one two-day weekend (Friday, Saturday), July 25-26. There will be a one-fish bag limit and no size limit.

A commercial mini-season will open July 14 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-40-2014. To read the National Marine Fisheries Service bulletin on the subject, go to http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/fishery_bulletins/documents/pdfs/2014/fb14-044_sa_rs_2014_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 carole.y.willis@ncdenr.gov

N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries • 3441 Arendell Street • Morehead City, NC 28557 • 252-726-7021 or 800-682-2632

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