Bonefish Recruitment Dynamics and Genetic Population Structure Study

This study focuses on genetic connectivity between local bonefish (Albula vulpes) populations and identifying potential sources of new fish to local fisheries.

Bonefish in clear, shallow water.

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Collaborators have identified several bonefish spawning sites in the Bahamas.
However, we don’t know if:

  • spawning groups are entirely supporting their local fishery
  • spawning groups in other areas contribute young bonefish to a local fishery
  • or some combination of these are the sources of new bonefish to local fisheries
  • Ex) Florida Keys bonefish may spawn in one or more groups, and all newly hatched larvae stay local. Alternatively, the Keys may also receive bonefish larvae that hatched from spawning groups located on other parts of the Caribbean, such as the Yucatan coast of Mexico.

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FWC Facts:
The Gulf sturgeon spawns 140 miles upstream from the mouth of the Suwannee River, one of the last pristine rivers with no dams to bar its path.

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