S.C. Sea Grant Consortium
Underwater camera image of red snapper.

South Atlantic Reef Fish Extension and Communication

In order to complement the science of the South Atlantic red snapper research program with effective outreach and education, the four South Atlantic Sea Grant programs of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida partnered with Sea Grant programs in the Gulf of Mexico Region to enhance the extension capacity of these Sea Grant programs as it relates to reef fish priorities. This project, Extending our Reach, is being led by the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium and has provided funding for a South Atlantic Reef Fish Extension and Communication Fellowship, coordinated as a collaborative effort between the South Atlantic Sea Grant programs and the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (SAFMC).

In this position, the fellow’s main goal is to increase awareness and use of best fishing practices, specifically for snapper grouper species. Best fishing practices are recommended protocols that anglers can follow in order to ensure the sustainability of fisheries in the future. Tackle shop tours, offshore fishing trips with media personnel, and fishing seminars are being conducted in the South Atlantic to achieve this goal.

If you have any questions about the fellowship or about best fishing practices, please contact Ashley Oliver at ashley.oliver@safmc.net.

A display in a tackle shop.

A display to promote SeaQualizers and best fishing practices at the West Marine in Charleston, S.C. SeaQualizers are one brand of many descending devices available for purchase at your local tackle shop. Photo by Ashley Oliver.