Marine Fisheries Research

Funding Sources

Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission; Bonefish Tarpon Trust; Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program; City of Punta Gorda; Department of Economic Opportunity; Fish and Wildlife Foundation of Florida; Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission; Martin County; National Fish and Wildlife Foundation; National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; NOVA Southeastern University; Palm Beach County; Sarasota Bay Estuary Program; South Florida Water Management District; Southwest Florida Water Management District; St. Johns River Water Management District; Suwannee River Water Management District; Tampa Bay Estuary Program; The Nature Conservancy; U.S. Department of the Army – Army Corps of Engineers; U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; U.S. Geological Survey; University of Florida; University of North Carolina

Program budget: $23,873,279

Funding Source #FTE FTE Salaries OPS Salaries Expense OPS Contract Equipment Special Categories Program Operational Budget Overhead Assessment Total Program Budget
General Revenue 0.0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $1,208,400 $1,208,400 $0 $1,208,400
MRCTF 79.5 $5,370,551 $1,941,537 $1,235,254 $919,222 $539,804 $0 $10,006,368 $616,947 $10,623,315
MRCTF/ Grants 2.0 $116,175 $0 $0 $0 $0 $432,573 $548,748 $19,434 $568,182
GDTF 0.0 $225,000 $0 $0 $0 $0 $2,724,569 $2,949,569 $241,195 $3,190,764
FGTF 59.5 $3,157,748 $0 $0 $0 $0 $4,266,258 $7,424,006 $858,611 $8,282,617
Totals 141.0 $8,869,474 $1,941,537 $1,235,254 $919,222 $539,804 $7,423,401 $20,928,692 $1,736,187 $23,873,279

Administration

Funding Source #FTE FTE Salaries OPS Salaries Expense OPS Contract Equipment Special Categories Program Operational Budget Overhead Assessment Total Program Budget
MRCTF 2.0 $178,639 $180,910 $67,238 $134,202 $81,067 $0 $642,056 $492,828 $1,134,884
GDTF 0.0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
FGTF 0.0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $90,445 $90,445 $454 $90,899
Totals 2.0 $178,639 $180,910 $67,238 $134,202 $81,067 $90,445 $732,501 $493,282 $1,225,783

Keys Fisheries Research

John H. Hunt, John.Hunt@MyFWC.com

Keys Fisheries Research encompasses a variety of research and monitoring programs focused on the recreationally and commercially important fish and invertebrate species inhabiting the Florida Keys. Staff also conduct restoration research on critical fisheries habitat including nearshore hardbottom and sponges and coral reefs.

Funding Source #FTE FTE Salaries OPS Salaries Expense OPS Contract Equipment Special Categories Program Operational Budget Overhead Assessment Total Program Budget
MRCTF 16.0 $1,149,204 $286,337 $246,259 $25,920 $86,832 $0 $1,794,552 $124,119 $1,918,671
MRCTF/ Grants 0.0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $40,755 $40,755 $1,525 $42,280
FGTF 0.0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $219,843 $219,843 $21,049 $240,891
GDTF 0.0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $147,916 $147,916 $10,408 $158,324
Totals 16.0 $1,149,204 $286,337 $246,259 $25,920 $86,832 $408,514 $2,203,066 $157,101 $2,360,167

Marine Fisheries Biology

Finfish Fisheries Research: Philip Stevens, Philip.Stevens@MyFWC.com
Invertebrate Fisheries Research: Ryan Gandy, Ryan.Gandy@MyFWC.com
Genetics Research Program: Mike Tringali, Mike.Tringali@MyFWC.com

Researchers collect and interpret data concerning the life history, reproductive biology, age and growth, movement patterns, genetics, stock structure, and fishery characteristics of important commercial and recreational fish and invertebrate species in Florida.

Funding Source #FTE FTE Salaries OPS Salaries Expense OPS Contract Equipment Special Categories Program Operational Budget Overhead Assessment Total Program Budget
MRCTF 14.5 $1,066,697 $625,984 $236,298 $244,729 $124,000 $0 $2,297,708 $0 $2,297,708
MRCTF/ Grants 0.0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $534 $534 $0 $534
GDTF 0.0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $128,248 $128,248 $2,931 $131,179
FGTF 14.5 $851,117 $0 $0 $0 $0 $623,886 $1,475,003 $114,022 $1,589,025
Totals 29.0 $1,917,814 $625,984 $236,298 $244,729 $124,000 $752,668 $3,901,493 $116,954 $4,018,446

Marine Fisheries-Dependent Monitoring

Todd Neahr, Todd.Neahr@MyFWC.com

Researchers collect and analyze data on the number of fish caught and the number of trips made by commercial and recreational fishers, using this information to monitor trends in marine fisheries throughout Florida. These data provide assessments of how management regulations affect harvest and fishers.

Funding Source #FTE FTE Salaries OPS Salaries Expense OPS Contract Equipment Special Categories Program Operational Budget Overhead Assessment Total Program Budget
MRCTF 14.0 $807,884 $66,693 $36,984 $17,420 $82,206 $0 $1,011,187 $0 $1,011,187
FGTF 16.0 $876,629 $0 $0 $0 $0 $2,181,374 $3,058,003 $402,182 $3,460,185
GDTF 0.0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $46,934 $46,934 $0 $46,934
Totals 30.0 $1,684,512 $66,693 $36,984 $17,420 $82,206 $2,228,308 $4,116,124 $402,182 $4,518,306

Marine Fisheries-Independent Monitoring

Debbie Leffler, Debbie.Leffler@MyFWC.com

Using statistically valid sampling methodologies, researchers capture or observe, identify, count and release millions of fish and invertebrates each year to monitor the status and relative abundance of economically important fish and invertebrate species in estuaries around the state as well as offshore waters of the West Florida Shelf and Northeast Florida. In addition to providing data to support single-species stock assessment and management, researchers collect and analyze data on community composition, diet, habitat quantity and quality, and water quality to provide information on the status of entire ecosystems.

Funding Source #FTE FTE Salaries OPS Salaries Expense OPS Contract Equipment Special Categories Program Operational Budget Overhead Assessment Total Program Budget
MRCTF 28.0 $1,773,739 $706,790 $524,064 $192,951 $165,699 $0 $3,363,243 $0 $3,363,243
MRCTF/ Grants 2.0 $116,175 $0 $0 $0 $0 $391,284 $507,459 $17,909 $525,368
FGTF 22.0 $1,013,753 $0 $0 $0 $0 $1,150,711 $2,164,464 $320,904 $2,485,368
GDTF 0.0 $225,000 $0 $0 $0 $0 $2,396,770 $2,621,770 $227,855 $2,849,625
Totals 52.0 $3,128,667 $706,790 $524,064 $192,951 $165,699 $3,938,765 $8,656,936 $566,668 $9,223,604

Marine Fisheries Stock Assessment

Dustin Addis, Dustin.Addis@MyFWC.com

Researchers integrate the physical, biological and fisheries data gathered in the Marine Fisheries-Independent Monitoring, the Marine Fisheries-Dependent Monitoring and the Marine Fisheries Biology programs to analyze Florida’s marine fisheries stocks. This information is provided to marine fisheries managers.

Funding Source #FTE FTE Salaries OPS Salaries Expense OPS Contract Equipment Special Categories Program Operational Budget Overhead Assessment Total Program Budget
FGTF 0.0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
MRCTF 4.0 $354,394 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $354,394 $0 $354,394
Totals 4.0 $354,394 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $354,394 $0 $354,394

Marine Fisheries Stock Enhancement

Chris Young, Chris.Young@MyFWC.com

Biologists focus on captive spawning and production of marine sport fish for release into Florida waters to evaluate the use of these releases as a management tool to maintain or rebuild Florida’s sport fisheries.

Funding Source #FTE FTE Salaries OPS Salaries Expense OPS Contract Equipment Special Categories Program Operational Budget Overhead Assessment Total Program Budget
General Revenue 0.0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $1,208,400 $1,208,400 $0 $1,208,400
MRCTF 1.0 $39,995 $74,823 $124,411 $304,000 $0 $0 $543,229 $0 $543,229
GDTF 0.0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $4,701 $4,701 $0 $4,701
FGTF 7.0 $416,249 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $416,249 $0 $416,249
Totals 8.0 $456,243 $74,823 $124,411 $304,000 $0 $1,213,101 $2,172,578 $0 $2,172,578