Wednesday, June 25, 2014
The recreational fishery for red snapper will open for three weekends (eight fishing days) in July.
The first two weekends, July 11-13 and 18-20, allow the harvest of fish Friday, Saturday and Sunday, but the last weekend, July 25-26, will only allow the harvest of fish on Friday and Saturday.
The recreational catch limit has been set at 22,576 fish. During the open recreational season for red snapper, the bag limit is one fish per person per day and there is no minimum size limit.
This season will provide another brief window of opportunity for biologists to gather important biological information that may be used in future red snapper stock assessments.
State biologists will be collecting data during the season from both carcasses donated by anglers, and through an online survey. For South Carolina anglers, this is a chance to help improve the understanding of the red snapper fishery in the South Atlantic.
Because there is a real need for these samples, the S.C. Department of Natural Resources is encouraging anglers who fish for red snapper during this period to participate in this data collection effort.
Anglers may donate their red snapper carcasses (www.dnr.sc.gov/marine/carcassdropoff.html) to the DNR by dropping them off at any one of the following drop off sites (designated freezers):
* Georgetown Landing Marina - 432 Marina Drive Georgetown, SC 29440
* Harrelson’s Seafood Market - 4368 U.S. 17 Business, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576
* SCDNR Marine Resource Division - Accessible by boat only - 217 Ft. Johnson Rd., Charleston, SC 29412 (located under the Administration Building adjacent to the boat slip)
Freezers with the DNR logo have been placed at these locations and can be accessed 24 hours a day (with the exception of Georgetown Landing).
Anglers need to complete catch cards for fish carcasses, which will supplied along with plastic bags at each freezer location.
Additionally, carcasses can be dropped off at the Marine Resource Division Monday - Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the second floor of the Administration Building.
Anglers can also contribute catch and fishing effort information during the seasons through an online survey (www.surveymonkey.com/s/SCRSnapper2014). The online surveys will be used to collect basic information about anglers fishing trip, including date, length, and location of a fishing trip, as well as the number and size of fish landed and/or released.