Area anglers are invited to help state fisheries biologists learn more about the fish they catch.
The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries has set up freezers at 12 locations along the coast where recreational fishermen can donate fish carcasses to science.
The division’s Carcass Collection Program accepts carcasses of the following:
black sea bass
gray trout (weakfish)
sea mullet (kingfish)
spotted seatrout (speckled trout)
Several freezers, marked with the Carcass Collection Program sign, are located in the area, including at Dudley’s Marina, 106 Cedar Point Blvd, Cedar Point; Freeman’s Bait and Tackle, 108 Atlantic Beach Causeway, Atlantic Beach; and East Coast Sports, 409 Roland Ave., Surf City.
According to program information, division biologists will measure the fish, determine the sex, if possible, and remove the ear bones to determine the fish’s age. Information collected is used in future stock assessments.
If you are planning to donate a carcass, here are a few things to keep in mind:
Anglers are asked to leave the head and tail intact when cleaning the fish and, if possible, leave the guts in the fish. If fishing on a charter or head boat, let the fish cleaner know the fish will be donated.
Any catch to be donated should still be fresh and deposited according to the instructions posted at the freezer.
Anglers will be asked for their name and address and information on how and when the fish was caught.
For more information, contact Carole Willis, division sportfishing specialist at 252-808-8081 or firstname.lastname@example.org.