2018 Data Reported Through MyFishCount

Thank you to all the anglers who reported through MyFishCount in 2018. From your participation, we were able to gather new information, insights into private recreational fisheries, and learn more about recreational reporting. The figures below summarize reported data during 2018. Please note the MyFishCount app became available in June 2018 for download from the Google Play and App Store.





Please encourage your fellow anglers to continue to report all of their catches! Visit myfishcount.com to download the app and start reporting today!




2018 MyFishCount Report Highlights



Top Reported Species of 2018
  • 557 Red snapper
  • 225 Vermillion snapper
  • 199 Black Sea bass

Interesting Species Reported Coney grouper
  • Small hermaphroditic (male and female) grouper with three color phases.
  • Can reproduce when they are only inches long.
  • Been known to hybridize with croelefish

What species do you find interesting?



2018 Red Snapper Catch and Release Information


Figure 1. Release Treatment of Red Snapper Based On Depth


The figure above shows the release treatment of red snapper based on depth. Most anglers who released fish in 90 feet or more of water indicated they used descending tools or vented fish. This could be attributed to the fact that fish are more likely to experience and exhibit symptoms of barotrauma when reeled up from depths greater than 90 feet. To learn more about barotrauma and best fishing practices here.




Figure 2. Percent of Red Snapper Kept and Released by Length




As seen in the figure to the above, there was not a large trend in the size of kept red snapper. The majority of reported released red snapper were under 25 inches.


Figure 3. Reason for Releasing Red Snapper

 


The pie chart above shows the reason for releasing red snapper as reported through MyFishCount. The number in the parenthesis show the number of fish. Anglers indicated that most fish were released because they were "Too Small."



MyFishCount Reported Lengths Compared to Recent Stock Assessment (SEDAR 41)


Figure 5. Red snapper lengths and weights reported through MyFishCount compared to red snapper length and weights from SEDAR 41.

 



The line in this figure represents the length and weights for red snapper from SEDAR 41 (the last stock assessment completed for red snapper in 2017). Each point represents a length and weight for red snapper reported by an angler. The SEDAR 41 line falls between the points reported by anglers, indicating the lengths and weights reported by anglers are similar to the lengths and weights from SEDAR 41.




2018 Reports Based on Location



Figure 6. Percent of trips reported from each state reported through MyFishCount during 2018

 



Anglers from all states in the South Atlantic region reported through MyFishCount. It is important to collect information from all the South Atlantic states in order to provide proper a proper representation of catch for the the South Atlantic. The percentages in each state waters represent where fishermen are reporting, not the level of effort. Additionally, it is to be noted that these percentages add to a total of 101% and not 100%. This is due to rounding.

To learn more about the data reported through MyFishCount please visit the the MyFishCount reports page. Additional check out the MyFishCount Data Portal which allows anglers the ability to extract reported information from the app, learn about different species life historie's, how information collected through MyFishCount compares to current data, and more. You can visit the MyFishCount Data Portal by clicking here.



Questions? Concerns?

Contact Us

Chip Collier
chip.collier@safmc.net
(843)302-8444


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