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Snook Anglers Asked to Donate Carcasses for Research

04/03/2018 10:15 AM | Ron Presley (Administrator)
Carcasses provide valuable information

Scientists with the FWC's Fish and Wildlife Research Institute collect valuable biological data from anglers for studies of the common snook, Centropomus undecimalis.Capt. Charlie Conner Photo

Scientists with the FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI) are asking snook anglers to save their filleted carcasses and take them to a participating bait and tackle store in their area. These carcasses provide information on the size, age, maturity and sex of the catch. This program allows anglers to participate in the collection of data regarding Florida's premier inshore game fish. FWRI conducts applied research and provides scientific information used to manage Florida's marine resources.

Guidelines for donating snook carcasses:

  • All regulations apply. Donate only legal snook during snook season.
  • Donate all sizes that you harvest. (Donating only large fish will bias the data.)
  • Donate as many fish and as often as you can; however, do not harvest fish for the program. Keep only those snook you would normally keep.
  • Donate both tagged and untagged fish. If a snook is tagged, please report tag information to the Angler Tag Return Hotline at 800-367-4461.
  • When filleting, please leave all internal organs intact.

Drop-off locations:
(updated 02/19/2018)

Brevard County:
Whitey’s Bait & Tackle, 9030 S. Highway A1A, Melbourne Beach

Broward County:
Custom Rod and Reel, 1835 NE 25th Street, Lighthouse Point
Anglers Bait and Tackle, 230 East Dania Beach Boulevard, Dania Beach

Charlotte County:
Stump Pass Marina, 260 Maryland Avenue, Englewood
Gasparilla Marina, 15001 Gasparilla Road, Placida
Captain Ted’s Tackle, 1189 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte
King Fisher Fleet at Fishermen’s Village Marina, 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda

Collier County:
Cocohatchee River Park Marina, 13531 Vanderbilt Drive, Naples
Caxambas Pass Park and Marina, 909 Collier Court, Marco Island

Hillsborough County:
Gandy Bait & Tackle, 4923 Gandy Boulevard, Tampa

Lee County:
Lehr’s Economy Tackle, 1366 N. Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers
The Bait Box, 1041 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel Island
Fish Tale Marina, 7225 Estero Boulevard, Fort Myers Beach

Miami-Dade County:
Capt. Harry’s Fishing Supply, 8501 NW 7th Avenue, Miami
Don’s Bait and Tackle, 90 N. Homestead Boulevard, Homestead

Manatee County:
Discount Tackle Outlet, 3113 1st Street, Bradenton

Palm Beach County:
FWC-FWRI Tequesta Field Laboratory, 19100 Southeast Federal Highway, Tequesta
Fishing Headquarters, 633A Alternate A1A, Jupiter
Lott Bros., 631 Northlake Boulevard, North Palm Beach

Pinellas County:
I.C. Sharks, 13040 Gandy Boulevard, St. Petersburg
Belleair Bait and Tackle Co., 3900 West Bay Drive, Belleair Bluffs
Angler 360 Bait and Tackle, 290 Causeway Boulevard, Dunedin

Sarasota County:
New Pass Grill and Bait Shop, 1505 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota
CB’s Saltwater Outfitters, 1249 Stickney Point Road, Siesta Key
Osprey Harbor Club, 582 Blackburn Point Road, Osprey

Proceeds from saltwater fishing license sales and the snook stamp, as well as the Sport Fish Restoration Program, provide funding for this project.

The following numbers provide answers and information about common snook:
East coast: Jim Whittington 561-575-5407
West coast: Alexis Trotter at 727-896-8626

Additional Information:
Sport Fish Restoration Program
Snook Research Information
Snook Photo Gallery

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