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.
Annual Budget: $3,203,128
Sample of Active Projects
Gravel Bar Trawling Project
Studying the populations of Species of Greatest Conservation Need in Northwest Florida.
Preserving a state record fish
Determination of best handling practices to minimize weight loss post-catch of four species.
St. Johns River Morone Assessments
A new telemetry study is helping researchers determine the temporal and spatial movements of individual fish at Silver Glen Springs.