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: $21,006,166
Highlights on Current Research
Establishing the Connectivity Between Nearshore Juvenile Nursery and Adult Habitats for Hogfish in the Dry Tortugas using Biochemical Analysis and Acoustic Telemetry
This project, led by Marine Fisheries Research, seeks to answer unanswered questions about the home range size, habitat use, and connectivity of hogfish in a no-take reserve in the Dry Tortugas.
FIM and Fish Bio Combined Project
This project, led in conjunction by FWRI’s Fisheries Independent Monitoring and Fisheries Biology, focuses on how different wetland habitats function as habitat for resource species, like snook and tarpon, which will allow future restoration and creation work to better design habitats as nursery habitat for resource species.
Keys Fisheries Research, Scaling-up Sponge Community Restoration in South Florida: its Efficacy and Ecosystem Implications
This project, led by FWRI’s Marine Fisheries Research, is designed to inform sponge restoration methodologies to support the development of a large-scale sponge restoration strategy for south Florida.