Mike McCombs

Help the S.C. DNR learn more about local red snapper population

Here's some information from the S.C. Department of Natural Resources on how local fisherman can help the DNR learn more about our local red snapper population:

The recreational fishery for red snapper will open for three weekends (eight fishing days) in July. The first two weekends (July 11-13 and July 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 chance for biologists to gather important information to be used in future red snapper stock assessments. State biologists will be collecting data during the season from carcasses donated by anglers.

For S.C. 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 (DNR) is encouraging anglers who fish for red snapper during this period to participate in this data collection effort.

In Beaufort County, anglers may donate their red snapper carcasses to the DNR by dropping them off at The Boathouse Restaurant, located at 397 Squire Pope Rd., Hilton Head Island, S.C. 29926.

There is a freezers with a DNR logo at this location that can be accessed 24 hours a day. Anglers need to complete catch cards for fish carcasses, which will supplied along with plastic bags at each freezer location.