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Red Drum

The Stock Enhancement Program at the institute conducts applied research and develops technology to breed and rear finfish such as red drum (Sciaenops ocellatus).



Florida Red Drum Tag Returns

This article provides recent statewide information, including the locations of release and the number of captures by anglers, regarding tagged and hatchery-reared red drum.

Quick Facts About Red Drum

Do you know these red drum facts?

Regional Analysis of Florida's Gulf and Atlantic Stocks of Red Drum

This report includes an analysis of red drum within northern and southern regions on the Atlantic and Gulf coasts of Florida.

Red Drum Sea Stats Publication

This summary life history of red drum (Sciaenops ocellatus) includes information about age and growth, distribution and migration, and feeding habits.

Red Drum Species Account

This is a link to the Species Account section, where readers can find the Red Drum (Sciaenops ocellatus) Species Account, which provides information about red drum diet, growth parameters, reproduction, and catch rates.

Red Drum Stock Assessment

This is a link to the stock assessment section, where readers will find the most recent assessment of red drum in Florida waters.

What to Do if You Catch a Tagged Red Drum

The Angler Tag Return Hotline is designed to collect data from anglers regarding tagged fish that have been captured in Florida's coastal waters.

Red Drum Spawning Movements off Tampa Bay

Biologists implant acoustic tags in adult red drum to determine habitat use and site fidelity in association with reproduction.

Red Drum Movements in the Indian River Lagoon System

Historically, red drum were thought to move to ocean waters to spawn. Research in partnership with NASA explores whether estuarine spawning could be the prevailing strategy for certain populations.


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