Chechessee River red drum stocking rescheduled

info@islandpacket.comDecember 10, 2013 

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This photo provided by the Waddell Mariculture Center shows some of the red drum that will be released into a tributary of Port Royal Sound.

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Due to Tuesday's rain, the release of 100,000 red drum into the Chechessee has been rescheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday at the Edgar C. Glenn Landing at the Lemon Island bridge on S.C. 170.

The fish cannot be harvested from the Waddell Mariculture Center's ponds while it's raining because sulfides from the pond banks could flush down and kill a large number of the young, 1- to 2-inch-long fish, said Al Segars, veterinarian for the S.C. Department of Natural Resources.

The stocking is part of the department's effort to boost the population of the popular gamefish and to study red drum reproduction, diet and habits.

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