Scientists with the FWC's Fish and Wildlife Research Institute collect valuable biological data from anglers for studies of the common snook, Centropomus undecimalis.
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.
Custom Rod and Reel, 1835 Northeast 25th Street, Lighthouse Point
LMR Custom Rods & Tackle, 1801 South Federal Highway, Ft. Lauderdale
T & R Tackle, 228 Commercial Boulevard, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea
El Capitan Sports Center, 1590 Northwest 27th Avenue, Miami
Capt. Harry’s Fishing Supply, 8501 Northwest 7th Avenue, Miami
Don’s Bait and Tackle, 90 North Homestead Boulevard, Homestead
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
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: Ron Taylor or Alexis Trotter at 727-896-8626
Sport Fish Restoration Program
Snook Research Information
Snook Photo Gallery