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Sometime this summer saltwater anglers will have red snapper on the half shell sizzling on the grill.
03— It’s certainly one of the most highly sought after [fish] in the gulf – both here in Texas and in other states.
And TPW wants to know more about your catch. Jeremy Leitz [LEETZ] works in coastal fisheries at Parks and Wildlife. He says the division started a one-year pilot program in May 2014 to collect information about red snapper harvests from recreational anglers.
11—We’re going to use that information we collect directly from anglers alongside our routine creel surveys to get a better estimate of the number of red snapper that are being caught by recreational anglers. One will validate the other one.
Leitz says one person in the angling party can fill out the online survey for everyone involved.
08—It’s a quick, short, three-four question survey: date of the trip, how many fish were caught, how many people in the angling party. It will take just a few seconds to fill out.
Filling out the survey is voluntary; find it on the TPW website.
12—Our routine creel surveys typically last from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. A lot of these folks may not come in until later in the day. So, this reporting website will catch some of those later anglers, and so we’ll see if we’re still matching up with our creel surveys.
Data from the survey will help biologists better manage the species, and improve fishing for all. The WSFR program supports our series; its funded by your purchase of fishing and hunting equipment and motorboat fuel.
For Texas Parks and Wildlife, I’m Cecilia Nasti.