Charlotte Harbor Field Laboratory

The FWC’s Charlotte Harbor Field Laboratory hosts fisheries-independent monitoring staff, manatee researchers and rescuers, as well as staff from the fisheries-dependent monitoring program. Charlotte Harbor is the second largest estuary in Florida – it includes watersheds from the Peace, Myakka and Caloosahatchee rivers. More than 2,300 different species live the estuary’s mangrove habitats, including the endangered smalltooth sawfish (Pristis pectinata). This species uses the estuary as breeding habitat making smalltooth sawfish research unique to this FWRI location. Learn more about the research projects based in this field laboratory in this video.