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Atlantic Anglers Encouraged to Assist with Red Snapper Research

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Researchers with the FWC and FWRI are asking help from anglers, spearfishers and charter captains to capture information about the Atlantic red snapper fishery. NOAA fisheries announced the recreational season will be Aug. 10-12th and Aug. 17-19th in Atlantic federal waters (beyond 3 nautical miles from shore). Anglers and spearfishers are limited to one fish per person, per day, with no minimum size limit. Each day of the season provides an opportunity for researchers in Florida to collect biological data from harvested red snapper, which can be used to determine the health of the fishery. During the 2018 Atlantic red snapper season, FWC will collect data from anglers near nine inlets on the east coast of Florida: Cumberland Sound, St. John's River, Vilano Inlet, Matanzas Inlet, Ponce Inlet, Port Canaveral, Sebastian Inlet, Fort Pierce Inlet and St. Lucie Inlet. 


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Biologists from FWRI's Fisheries-Independent Monitoring group work to implement an offshore monitoring program for a variety of reef fishes.   


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Saltmarsh topminnows are small bodied fish that rely on low salinity saltwater marsh habitat, and occupy a small range along the Gulf coast. 

 

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A juvenile jellynose fish, very rare for this area, was found in a tide pool on Ormond Beach. This specimen may have been caught in nearshore currents, bringing it into shore. 


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The research accomplished by FWC researchers and biologists provides the information and guidance to protect, conserve and manage Florida's fish and wildlife resources.