Marine Fisheries Research

Funding Sources

Atlantic Coastal Cooperative Statistics Program; Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission; Charlotte County RESTORE; Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program; City of Punta Gorda; Department of Environmental Protection; Fish and Wildlife Foundation of Florida; Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission; Martin County; National Fish and Wildlife Foundation; National Park Service; 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; Tampa Bay Estuary Program; The Nature Conservancy; U.S. Department of the Army – Army Corps of Engineers; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; U.S. Geological Survey; University of Florida; University of North Carolina

Program budget: $25,943,686

Funding Source #FTE FTE Salaries OPS Salaries Expense OPS Contract Equipment Special Categories Program Operational Budget Overhead Assessment Total Program Budget
MRCTF 79.5 $5,469,333 $2,181,561 $1,261,074 $847,262 $301,899 $0 $10,061,129 $627,000 $10,688,129
MRCTF/ Grants 2.0 $117,919 $0 $0 $0 $0 $348,798 $466,717 $20,553 $487,270
GDTF 0.0 $240,323 $0 $0 $0 $0 $4,100,759 $4,341,082 $156,485 $4,497,567
FGTF 60.5 $3,294,980 $0 $0 $0 $0 $5,783,313 $9,078,293 $1,192,427 $10,270,720
Totals 142.0 $9,122,556 $2,181,561 $1,261,074 $847,262 $301,899 $10,232,870 $23,947,222 $1,996,465 $25,943,686

Administration

Funding Source #FTE FTE Salaries OPS Salaries Expense OPS Contract Equipment Special Categories Program Operational Budget Overhead Assessment Total Program Budget
MRCTF 3.0 $241,990 $178,529 $77,674 $119,921 $81,067 $0 $699,181 $43,572 $742,753
FGTF 0.0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $90,328 $90,328 $490 $90,818
Totals 3.0 $241,990 $178,529 $77,674 $119,921 $81,067 $90,328 $789,509 $44,062 $833,571

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 $1,186,500 $351,372 $287,554 $27,370 $20,832 $0 $1,873,628 $116,763 $1,990,391
MRCTF/ Grants 0.0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $67,550 $67,550 $1,950 $69,500
FGTF 1.0 $70,866 $0 $0 $0 $0 $581,646 $652,512 $35,947 $688,459
GDTF 0.0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $158,425 $158,425 $0 $158,425
Totals 17.0 $1,257,366 $351,372 $287,554 $27,370 $20,832 $807,621 $2,752,115 $154,660 $2,906,774

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 12.5 $941,368 $718,000 $248,682 $248,496 $200,000 $0 $2,356,546 $146,858 $2,503,404
MRCTF/ Grants 0.0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $57,901 $57,901 $3,693 $61,594
GDTF 0.0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $1,234,784 $1,234,784 $1,919 $1,236,703
FGTF 13.5 $754,557 $0 $0 $0 $0 $1,222,138 $1,976,695 $306,606 $2,283,301
Totals 26.0 $1,695,925 $718,000 $248,682 $248,496 $200,000 $2,514,823 $5,625,926 $459,076 $6,085,001

Marine Fisheries-Dependent Monitoring

Beverly Sauls
Beverly.Sauls@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 15.0 $909,169 $91,401 $32,123 $6,875 $0 $0 $1,039,568 $64,785 $1,104,352
FGTF 15.0 $757,205 $0 $0 $0 $0 $1,833,253 $2,590,458 $367,327 $2,957,785
GDTF 0.0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $781,707 $781,707 $0 $781,707
Totals 30.0 $1,666,373 $91,401 $32,123 $6,875 $0 $2,614,960 $4,411,732 $432,112 $4,843,844

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 $1,796,086 $765,185 $500,452 $143,100 $0 $0 $3,204,823 $199,721 $3,404,545
MRCTF/ Grants 2.0 $117,919 $0 $0 $0 $0 $223,347 $341,266 $14,910 $356,176
FGTF 23.0 $1,231,850 $0 $0 $0 $0 $1,899,604 $3,131,454 $391,256 $3,522,710
GDTF 0.0 $240,323 $0 $0 $0 $0 $1,425,843 $1,666,166 $154,566 $1,820,732
Totals 53.0 $3,386,178 $765,185 $500,452 $143,100 $0 $3,548,794 $8,343,709 $760,453 $9,104,162

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 1.0 $81,293 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $81,293 $0 $81,293
MRCTF 4.0 $353,625 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $353,625 $22,038 $375,663
Totals 5.0 $434,918 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $434,918 $22,038 $456,956

Marine Fisheries Stock Enhancement

Jason Lemus
Jason.Lemus@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
MRCTF 1.0 $40,595 $77,074 $114,589 $301,500 $0 $0 $533,758 $33,263 $567,021
GDTF 0.0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $500,000 $500,000 $0 $500,000
FGTF 7.0 $399,211 $0 $0 $0 $0 $156,344 $555,555 $90,801 $646,356
Totals 8.0 $439,806 $77,074 $114,589 $301,500 $0 $656,344 $1,589,313 $124,064 $1,713,377