Saltwater Fisheries Research
The mandate to provide an accurate accounting of the condition of
Florida's fisheries resources requires knowledge of the relative
abundance of stocks at particular life stages.
The Fisheries-Independent Monitoring program (FIM) conducts stratified-random sampling to estimate fish abundance and population trends in seven regions around Florida.
This research project is designed to gather data to ascertain the
status of red drum populations in Tampa Bay and the nearshore Gulf
of Mexico waters.
In an effort to assess the effects of surface water withdrawal, FWRI's Fisheries-Independent Monitoring Program, Southwest Florida Water Management District, and Tampa Bay Water are working together to monitor several rivers along the west coast.
Visual surveys are used to estimate relative abundance and to monitor the size class distribution of economically important fish species in coral reef areas of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.
Researchers collect first catch-and-release mortality data for gray (mangrove) snapper, which will be useful for stock assessment considerations and recommendations for responsible angling practices.