Fish and Wildlife Research Institute

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General Information

Learn about the biology, ecology, stock abundance and management of Florida’s reef fish species.



Reef Fish Identification Guide

A quick guide to popular recreational reef fishes found in Florida waters.

Sea Stats Publications

This series of brochures provides information on some of FWRI's areas of marine research including fish, manatees, coral reefs, and red tide. Approximately four pages in length, these brochures provide information on age and growth, distribution, migration, feeding habits, and more.

Species Accounts

Species accounts provide a summary of biology and fishery information for a particular species. The accounts provide life history information, statewide landings, trends in catch rates, and results of recent stock assessments.

Stock Assessments

Stock Assessment reports provide updated life histories, biology and fishery information for a particular species, as well as commercial landings, recreational catch, and additional statistical information.

Recreational Regulations: Reef Fish Overview



FWC Facts:
In order to stick to plants, larval spotted gar have suction snouts that later become the long, teeth-filled snout.

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