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Commercial and Recreational Fisheries

The Fisheries-Dependent Monitoring division collects data on more than 200 species of fish and invertebrates harvested from Florida waters. Fishery-dependent data, collected directly from people who harvest aquatic species, is used to monitor harvest rates and assess the health of exploited fish and invertebrate populations. The state of Florida collects statistics from commercial fishers; federal grants provide funds for the collection of statistics from recreational and for-hire fishers. For-hire fishing includes recreational fishing from charter vessels, guide boats, and headboats.



Commercial Fisheries

Learn how commercial fisheries data are collected in Florida; view trends, and access landings data.

Recreational Fisheries

Learn how recreational fisheries data are collected in Florida; view trends, and access landings data.

Gulf Reef Fish Survey

By participating in the Gulf Reef Fish Survey, you are improving recreational data for several reef fish species. Learn more about the science behind this survey.


FWC Facts:
The organism that causes red tide in Florida, Karenia brevis, owes its name to a state researcher of harmful algal blooms, Dr. Karen Steidinger.

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