BP Spill Money Funds Florida Snapper Project

The Ocean Conservancy believes a project in the Gulf of Mexico could help the area recover from the effects of the BP oil spill three years ago.

The $3 million, 5 year project will expand data collection on red snapper and other reef fish stocks.

The project is one of six in Florida paid for by the $15 million of criminal spill fine money from BP and Transocean.

It's the first of the projects that targets marine fisheries.

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.