CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — In the past, red snapper season has only lasted a handful of days, but this year it may last up to 90 days or more. Researchers at the Harte Research Institute at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi said it is thanks to conservation efforts and help from the public.
In fact, if you are an angler and want to help with that research and potentially extend red snapper season, there's an app for that.
Although the iSnapper app is not new, the effects it has had on the red snapper season is huge. Professor Greg Stunz said it is a way for everyday anglers to contribute to research, not only in future trends in the red snapper season but for other fish species as well.
"We certainly want anglers to keep entering and keep up that momentum because the more data we have, the better estimate of a catch we'll have, which leads to us having longer, better seasons," Stunz said.
In the app, anglers can record all of their catches. That data then goes back to researchers.
Also, if you catch a red snapper with one tag, you can win $200, and if it has two tags, you can win $500.
The iSnapper app can be downloaded in the app store. To find out more, visit www.isnapper.org.
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