Human Dimensions of the Great Red Snapper Count

With funding from Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant, we are collaborating with Dr. Marcus Drymon (Mississippi State University / MS-AL Sea Grant) and fisheries scientists across the Gulf of Mexico to conduct survey research on angler perceptions of Red Snapper (Lutjanus campechanus) populations, fisheries, and management.


We’ve now completed our survey of 1000 saltwater anglers. Here’s a sneak peak at a few key findings that we are currently writing up:

    • Red Snapper is considered the single most important reef fish species by ~50% of Gulf anglers.
    • Roughly 60% of anglers were aware of the Great Red Snapper Count, with the “tagging and rewards” program the most widely known.
    • Awareness of the Great Red Snapper Count was associated with higher satisfaction with Red Snapper populations and management

Our Project Team

Steven Scyphers

Assistant Professor

Steven's research focuses on coastal shorelines and fisheries sustainability. He also teaches Sustainable Development and Environmental Planning.

Google Scholar

Kelsi Furman

PhD Candidate

Kelsi Furman

Google Scholar

Elizabeth Conley

Research Technician

Elizabeth Conley


Our Collaborators

  • Dr. Marcus Drymon, Mississippi State University & Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant
  • Dr. Greg Stunz, Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi


This study was funded as a supplement to the NOAA Sea Grant award for the project “Estimating the Absolute Abundance of Red Snapper in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico” (PI: Greg Stunz, Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi) through a subaward from Mississippi-State University.