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Sharpen your release skills

Gulf of Mexico reef fish anglers that fish for federally managed Gulf of Mexico reef fish like snapper or grouper are eligible to take our online training of best practices and upon completion receive $100 worth of release gear for FREE. *One package per person and per household.

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Why should you care?

  • Because you LOVE to fish!
  • Protect a resource for the next generation of anglers. Release mortality plays a role in stock assessments. Improving the survival of fish after release may show a positive impact on the stock. 
  • Potentially catch the same fish in season or of legal size. Many reef fish have high site fidelity, which may lead you to catch the same fish you’ve caught before.
  • Allow juvenile fish to grow and spawn. One fish has the potential to lay millions of eggs, giving reef fish the potential to reach sexual maturity will benefit the population.
  • Contribute to the health and success of reef fisheries. 
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What can you do?

  • Be a responsible angler and do your part to ensure fish survive release. 
  • Incorporate best release practices into your fishing plan, and always have the right tackle and tools with you.
  • Take ownership over the resource we love and live for. 
  • Encourage other anglers to Return ‘Em Right and use best practices. 

Be a part of the Return 'Em Right community by tagging
#ReturnEmRight in photos with your catches and
using release gear.

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