Area anglers will have the opportunity to help researchers during the upcoming mini red snapper season.
The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries will collect red snapper carcasses from recreational fishermen during the mini-season scheduled for two weekends this month, according to a division news release.
Freezers will be set up at eight locations along the coast where fishermen can take the carcasses. In return, the angler will receive a certificate from the N.C. Saltwater Fishing Tournament.
Freezers will be located at Dudley’s Marina in Cedar Point, Carolina Princess Fishing Center in Morehead City, Capt. Stacy Fishing Center in Atlantic Beach, Tex’s Tackle in Wilmington, Hurricane Fleed in Calabash, Ocean Isle Fishing Center at Ocean Isle Beach, Oden’s Dock in Hatteras and Carolina Beach Fishing Center.
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 as well as their name and address so they can receive a certificate.
Division biologists will measure the fish, determine the sex, if possible, and remove the 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: July 11-13 and July 18-20; and one two-day weekend: 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.
For more information on the red snapper carcass collection program, go to the division website or contact Carole Willis, division sportfishing specialist, at 252-808-8081 or firstname.lastname@example.org.