Anglers on Florida’s Gulf Coast have a unique chance to help state biologists manage two of the most popular reef fish caught in local waters: grouper and red snapper.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Fish and Wildlife Research Institute has learned much about the life history of one of Florida’s most popular inshore species, red drum, thanks to thousands of anglers who have shared catch-and-release data with researchers over the past decade. Now biologists hope to gather similar data on popular offshore species that are also caught in the Gulf of Mexico. …