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SPR 2017

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Page 42 of 83 | 43 BY JEFF DENIIS GHM INSIDER W hen South Carolina began its volunteer tagging program for recreational anglers— way back in 1974—it was on the bleeding edge of conservation. The program was the first such state-sponsored study on the East Coast, and since its debut, it has used citizen scientists to help amass a wealth of data on red drum. Just as importantly, it's credited with helping to cultivate a greater conservation ethic among the state's anglers and foster the acceptance of catch and release fishing. And I am one of those anglers. Growing up on a tidal creek that ebbs into Charleston Harbor, I was immersed in a saltwater doctrine that is still as valuable as any education I learned in grade school. Tidal flows do vary from Hilton Head Island up to Myrtle Beach, but in Charleston they are roughly six-foot tides that crest and fall twice daily and affect a rich stretch of marshland. These, and similar areas throughout South Carolina, offer an ample nursery for baitfish and popluar gamefish, and thus, became the focus of the tagging efforts for juvenile red drum. LIFE

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