BP Spill Money Funds Florida Snapper Project

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Associated Press Release

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) -- The Ocean Conservancy says a $3 million, five-year project to expand data collection on red snapper and other reef fish stocks in the Gulf of Mexico could be a key milestone in recovery from the 2010 BP oil spill.

The Pensacola News Journal reports that the project is one of six in Florida paid for by $15.7 million of criminal spill fine money from BP and Transocean, and it's the first of the projects that targets marine fisheries. The red snapper fishery is of particular importance to the Gulf region.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is managing the project.

Researchers on commercial and recreational fishing boats will more accurately document the type of fish caught, which are released and how many of the released fish survive.

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