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
- 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.