The waters along Florida’s coastline attract millions of recreational anglers and thousands of commercial fishers. 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. The section’s research includes collecting and analyzing fishing data, monitoring species status and abundance, investigating biological information, and breeding and rearing certain species to enhance or rebuild their populations.
Annual Budget: $25,943,686
Highlights on Current Research
Florida Horseshoe Crab Watch – Linked with Limulus
Through citizen participation, FWRI researchers hope to learn more about horseshoe crab stocks in Florida and the Gulf of Mexico.
Gulf Reef Fish Survey Certified by NOAA
The Gulf Reef Fish Survey is now certified by NOAA, making it eligible for use in stock assessments.
Scallop Sitter Project
The Scallop Sitter Program is a volunteer program that involves local community members in the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute’s ongoing scallop restoration efforts.