It is that time of season anglers, the RED SNAPPER season! Through a new partnership with Coastal Georgia DNR and Fish Smart Conservation Project, anglers can be assured that their favorite fish are being protected and possibly receive a gift in return!
According to their website, the new Fish Smart Red Snapper and Red Drum Conservation Project seeks to promote best practices for releasing fish and encourage greater awareness and use of tools proven to improve fish survival.
In a joint effort, Georgia DNR is working with NOAA Fisheries to collect data to estimate harvest, discards, and fishing effort during the red snapper recreational mini-season scheduled for later this month.
An email update gave this new pertinent information:
Recreational anglers will be allowed to harvest red snapper in federal waters of the South Atlantic during the two weekends of August 10-12 and 17-19.
Each recreational angler is allowed one red snapper per day with no size restriction.
If you decide to fish for red snapper, there are several ways you can help the Georgia DNR collect valuable data and possibly receive FREE descending devices!
- You can place your red snapper carcasses in a chest freezer located along the Georgia Coast. List of participating marinas and chest freezer locations. A $50 Academy Sports gift card will be randomly awarded to two participants who donate red snapper carcasses.
- You can provide information about each of your fishing trips by completing a brief Red Snapper Fishing Survey.
- In partnership with Yamaha and FishSmart, CRD is highlighting Best Practices for handling and releasing offshore fish with FREE descending devices to participating anglers. The devices rapidly descend fish to the depth at which they were caught. Releasing at depth has the potential to significantly improve survival. Participating anglers will be asked to complete a short web-based survey. Anglers should contact Kathy Knowlton at 912-262-3122 or firstname.lastname@example.org and visit TakeMeFishing.org/FishSmart.
For more information read the Red Snapper Opening Offers Opportunity for Limited Harvest press release on the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council’s website.