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: $4,078,013
Staff: 77

Highlight on Current Research

  • Kissimmee River Fish Study

    This study, led by FWRI’s Freshwater Fisheries Research group, was born out of a need to assess the effect of the Kissimmee River Restoration project on fish populations within that area.