I am also going to post this in Help Section and "Other Parts Of Florida".
This is a post from Alexis. Alexis works for the Florida Depatment of Fishries and she collects legal, dead Snook carcases (What a job, eh?!?!) and she uses them for Snook research. I always get her end of year reports and if you donate your carcasses, you can get a report as well and find out some real interesting stuff about the fish you not only catch, but as well as all the Snook caught in general.
She is going to be setting something up for Lauderdale as well as other areas of the state but for now, if you do find yourself on the West Coast and you do catch one, try your best to leave the dead, cleaned fish at any of the locations listed.
By doing this, you are only helping out the species for everyone
In case you missed it, snook season opened yesterday. I'm usually very good about getting this post up in advanced, but have been a bit busy (I think I may actually be going crazy) preparing for our upcoming Snook Symposium. Better late then never though
The FL FWC/ FWRI is continuing our snook carcass intercept and donation program. If you catch and keep a snook this season, please donate your filleted carcasses at one of the participating Sarasota, Charlotte, and Lee County bait and tackle stores. These carcasses will be sampled for length, sex, age, and genetics.
If you donate a carcass, please leave the internal organs intact and do not break the backbone.
The following stores are equipped to hold carcasses:
New Pass Bait and Grill - 1498 1/2 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota
King Fisher Fleet at Fisherman's Village - 1200 W Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda
Stump Pass Marina - 260 Maryland Ave, Englewood
Captain Ted's Tackle - 2733 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte
Lehr's Economy Tackle - 1366 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Ft. Myers
Angler's Outlet - 4404 Del Prado Blvd, Cape Coral
Shack Baits at Punta Rassa Boat Ramp - 18500 McGregor Blvd, Ft. Myers
The Bait Box - 1041 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel Island
Master Bait and Tackle - 4465 Bonita Beach Rd, Bonita Beach
If you see a girl sitting at a ramp, bridge, or pier with a clipboard and a hacksaw, that is most likely me. Stop by and say hi.
If you have any questions about this program or about snook in general, please feel free to contact me:
office: 727-896-8626 x2218
Hope the season is a great one for all.