Recapture red snapper, receive a reward

The Great Red Snapper Count – a collaborative, multi-state effort to estimate the number of red snapper in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico – is in full swing.

This spring, the project team is initiating the final component of the project: a tagging study, which will rely immensely on participation from stakeholders such as commercial and recreational fishers.

Scientist tags snapper
A scientist tags a red snapper. (Photo by David Hay Jones)

Scientists will tag and release , 4,000 legal-sized red snapper across the U.S. Gulf of Mexico immediately prior to the federal Gulf of Mexico red snapper recreational fishing season. To ensure consistency, all of the red snapper will be tagged by scientists working on the Great Red Snapper Count, in collaboration with recreational and commercial fishers. Read more