minimizing red snapper discard mortality

  Photo credit: Center for Sportfish Science & Conservation

Photo credit: Center for Sportfish Science & Conservation

We're examining the effectiveness of rapid recompression tools such as the "Seaqualizer" and venting affect Red Snapper post-release survival. Fish are being collected at artificial reef sites and fitted with Lotek pressure/motion transmitters and monitored for activity with an array of fixed acoustic receivers. One of our goals it to examine the impacts of season and depth on the effectiveness of these two recompression strategies.

Collaborators:  Drs. Judd Curtis, Greg Stunz (TAMU-CC)

Funding: NOAA Bycatch Reduction and Enhancement Program, National Fish and Wildlife Federation