Fish and Wildlife Research Institute

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Saltwater Fisheries Research

The mandate to provide an accurate accounting of the condition of Florida's fisheries resources requires knowledge of the relative abundance of stocks at particular life stages.



Fisheries-Independent Monitoring Using Stratified-Random Sampling

The Fisheries-Independent Monitoring program (FIM) conducts stratified-random sampling to estimate fish abundance and population trends in seven regions around Florida.

Red Drum Population Assessment Study

This research project is designed to gather data to ascertain the status of red drum populations in Tampa Bay and the nearshore Gulf of Mexico waters.

Fisheries-Independent Monitoring Red Drum Hatchery Release Program

An experimental approach to using stock enhancement to support Tampa Bay's red drum population.

Fisheries-Independent Monitoring River Study Program

In an effort to assess the effects of surface water withdrawl, FWRI's Fisheries-Independent Monitoring Program, Southwest Florida Water Management District, and Tampa Bay Water are working together to monitor several rivers along the west coast.

Fisheries-Independent Monitoring in the Florida Keys Using Visual Sampling

Visual surveys are used to estimate relative abundance and to monitor the size class distribution of economically important fish species in coral reef areas of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.

Gray Snapper Project Collects Valuable Data on Catch-and-Release Fishing Practices

Researchers collect first catch-and-release mortality data for gray (mangrove) snapper, which will be useful for stock assessment considerations and recommendations for responsible angling practices.


FWC Facts:
Brown hoplo, a nonnative, armored catfish, is found throughout central and south Florida. They can survive in low-oxygen backwaters and ditches, where they gulp air at the surface.

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