Freshwater Fisheries Research


The fish and invertebrates in Florida’s lakes and rivers are an important natural resource. Freshwater fishing is a significant contributor to tourism and the state’s economy. 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. The information is also made available to the public through news releases, magazine articles, social media and the web.


Jason Dotson,
Section Administrator

Annual Budget: $4,140,189
Staff: 66

Highlight on Current Research

  • View from above an experimental tank where largemouth bass are housed

    Developing Non-lethal Aging Methods for Largemouth Bass in Florida

    Non-lethal aging techniques may allow largemouth bass to be reliably aged without sacrificing them, which is not the case with older techniques, like using otoliths, which require lethal dissection for removal.