Science Programs

Our Mission

Through effective research and technical knowledge, we provide timely information and guidance to protect, conserve, and manage Florida’s fish and wildlife resources.

As the research division within FWC, FWRI operates programs statewide that focus on obtaining
the wide-ranging data and information needed by fish, wildlife, and ecosystem resource managers.
To read more about our science programs and active research projects, please follow the links below.

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Ecosystem Assessment
and Restoration

Biologists with the Ecosystem Assessment and Restoration section track many of the threats that Florida’s diverse fish and wildlife species face threats every day.

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Freshwater Fisheries Research

To ensure the health and sustainability of Florida’s aquatic resources, the Freshwater Fisheries Research section provides freshwater fishery, invertebrate, and habitat information to those in federal, state, and local governments who make decisions that affect Florida’s freshwater resources.


Information Science
and Management

Researchers in this section address complex natural resource issues by integrating ecological, cultural and socioeconomic information using statistical and spatial analysis techniques.

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Marine Fisheries Research

Marine Fisheries Research biologists study the fish and invertebrates found in the state’s saltwater environments, gathering data important for the management of these species.

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Wildlife Research

Biologists with the Wildlife Research section monitor the status of Florida’s birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians.


Office of the Director

The Office of the Director is responsible for managing a budget of more than $83,000,000, which supports all programs and operations of the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute. FWRI’s director leads the science sections and oversees Institute-wide functions.