South Atlantic Fishery Management Council

Seminar Series: “Gut Check- What Is DNA Barcoding Telling Us About What Red Snapper Are Really Eating?”

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Location: Via webinar only.

In this seminar, Kevin Spanik with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, describes his research on DNA Barcoding of Red Snapper gut contents. DNA barcoding is a genetic technique that can identify decomposed prey in a predators stomach.  Mr. Spanik describes the prey of Red Snapper of the coast of the Georgia and Carolinas.  In this study, Red Snapper diet primarily consisted of bony fishes, crabs, and shrimps. There was very little consumption of other species managed by the Council with the exception of porgy (Stenotomous sp.).