Fish and Wildlife Research Institute

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Fish Health

Fish Health staff monitor and study marine organism diseases, die-offs and fish kills, and the causes, such as infectious agents, parasites, contaminants, red tides, biological toxins and poor water quality, that may be associated with these events.



Fish Kills and Fish Kill Hotline

The toll-free hotline offers information about how and where to report fish kills, fish with parasites, or other fish abnormalities.

Program Projects and Research

The Fish and Wildlife Health program monitors the health of organisms in Florida's marine and estuarine waters as bioindicators of environmental stress, to facilitate information transfer, to develop diagnostic support related to aquatic disease and mortality events in the Gulf of Mexico, and to develop health guidelines for stock enhancement.

Reported Fish Kills and Abnormalities

This section offers statewide records of current and historic information about reported external abnormalities in fish and fish kills reported to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's Fish and Wildlife Research Institute.

Water Quality and Contaminants

Florida's diverse aquatic resources are threatened by many human activities that can affect water quality and fish habitat and increase the likelihood of contaminants accumulating in water and fish. Project staff members monitor changes in water quality and levels of contaminants, including mercury in fish, in Florida's fresh and marine waters.


FWC Facts:
Gar and bowfin, or mudfish, have specially adapted swim bladders that allow them to gulp air at the surface when oxygen levels are low.

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