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Stock Enhancement

The Stock Enhancement program uses applied research to develop the technology for breeding and rearing finfish and mollusks to enhance or rebuild coastal fisheries. The program has bred and reared red drum, snook, bay scallops, and queen conch.



Projects and Research

While freshwater stock enhancement is well developed, marine stock enhancement is still relatively new. The Fish and Wildlife Research Institute's Stock Enhancement Research Facility (SERF) participates in numerous programs and research efforts designed to support fisheries management work by using hatchery-reared animals to supplement or restore native fisheries populations.

Outreach and Education

Learn about education programs, internships and volunteer opportunities at the Stock Enhancement Research Facility.

General Information

Many of Florida's economically important marine species, such as red drum, snook, queen conch, and bay scallops, have declined in abundance relative to historic levels. Hatchery production is frequently suggested as one remedy for this decline.

Florida Marine Fisheries Enhancement Initiative

Fishery scientists and managers are creating a series of state-of-the-art hatcheries and grow-out facilities on both the Atlantic and Gulf coasts. This network, combined with parallel habitat restoration, will be the most efficient model for sustaining healthy sportfish populations.


FWC Facts:
The organism that causes red tide in Florida, Karenia brevis, owes its name to a state researcher of harmful algal blooms, Dr. Karen Steidinger.

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