The Stock Enhancement Program at the institute conducts applied
research and develops technology to breed and rear finfish such as
red drum (Sciaenops ocellatus).
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.
Do you know these red drum facts?
This report includes an analysis of red drum within northern and
southern regions on the Atlantic and Gulf coasts of Florida.
This summary life history of red drum (Sciaenops ocellatus)
includes information about age and growth, distribution and
migration, and feeding habits.
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.
This is a link to the stock assessment section, where readers will
find the most recent assessment of red drum in Florida waters.
The Angler Tag Return Hotline is designed to collect data from
anglers regarding tagged fish that have been captured in Florida's
Dr. Sue Lowerre-Barbieri and team implant acoustic tags in adult red drum to determine habitat use and site fidelity in association with reproduction as part of a three-year study to evaluate red drum spawning stock size and structure in the eastern Gulf of Mexico.
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.