The iSnapper app will help give scientists and fishery managers a much better idea of how the Gulf's red snapper stock is doing.
Many fishers wonder why the season is so short when there are so many fish still out there.
Red snapper are some of the tastiest fish in the Gulf of Mexico, and some of the most expensive.
Dr. Greg Stunz, head of the Center for Sportfish Science and Conservation at the Harte Research Institute, says iSnapper was first launched in 2011 as a pilot project with charter boat captains to provide a better way of tracking the commercial snapper catch.
The project worked so well researcher Tara Topping was given the task of developing a simplified version for recreational fishermen.
She's done a great job breaking it down into 3 simple steps. When you start a trip:
Enter the name of the marina you are leaving from and how many people are with you.
When you get back from your trip log what you caught and what you released.
Where was your general fishing location.
Topping says the process should take you no more than 2 to 3 minutes, five if you had a really great day.
Expanding the app to include recreational fishermen will help give scientists and fishery managers a much better picture of how the Gulf's red snapper stocks are doing.
"And by having that data we can remove some uncertainty in the fishery about how much catch is occurring which will ultimately lead to more fishing days…” says Dr. Greg Stuntz
iSnapper is now available through the APP store and on Google Play. It is free to download and is a great way to help keep our Gulf fisheries healthy and productive.