Based out of FWRI's Stock Enhancement Research Facility (SERF) in
Port Manatee, Chris is the director of the stock enhancement
program and SERF.
B.S. Michigan State University, 1975
East Lansing, Michigan
M.S. Fisheries Management, 1987, South Dakota
State University, Brookings, South Dakota
What are you working on now?
I manage the FWC Stock Enhancement Research Facility in Manatee
County. We're currently developing the technology to culture fish
and invertebrates indoors in tanks instead of rearing in outdoor
ponds (which has been done since the hatchery became operational in
1988). We're making progress and I'm excited about the potential
for fish and aquatic plant production to support Florida's marine
How is this information beneficial?
Future fish hatcheries in Florida will focus on intensive culture
just like what is happening throughout the United States. Intensive
culture provides almost total control of the fish culture process
with minimal impact on the environment.
Was this your original career interest? Why or why
Yes, I've been intrigued by working in fisheries since I was a
What is your biggest accomplishment?
My participation with Project Tampa Bay (red drum enhancement in
What do you like most about your career?
I thoroughly enjoy fish culture and like working at the
What do you like least about your career?
Too much office work.
What are some of your biggest challenges?
Getting the program geared up to release red drum in the future
and continuing to advance stock enhancement and whatever meaningful
role it has for the agency.
What advice would you give to someone interested in
pursuing a career in your field?
Pursue as much education as possible. Fishery work is very
competitive. Get some work experience to determine what you're
really most passionate about.