Marine Fisheries Research

bonefish in water
Studying Bonefish Genetics
Luiz Barbieri, Section Administrator
Annual Budget: $26,410,856, including grants
Staff: 317

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.

Articles Highlighting Current Research Within Marine Fisheries Research

Efficient Equipment
Assessing research methods for studying red snapper on Florida’s east coast

The Early Years
Juvenile snook research in four Florida estuaries

Filling A Data Gap
Spawning patterns of blue crabs in Florida

Sample Of Active Research Projects Within Marine Fisheries Research