Fish and Wildlife Research Institute


Recreational Fisheries

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

Recreational Anglers and Professional Fishers Assist with Red Snapper Research on the Atlantic Coast

With angler assistance, biologists will gather information about the Atlantic red snapper fishery during the 2018 season on the Atlantic coast of Florida.

Anglers, Spear Fishers, Marina Operators, Charter Captains, Crew, and Scientists in Florida Work Together To Improve Management and Assessment of Atlantic Red Snapper

Learn about the results of the 2017 Red Snapper sampling on the Atlantic coast.

FWC Enlists Anglers to Assist Reef Fish Studies

Biologists use the data from the fish caught by recreational anglers to monitor the health and sustainability of reef fish populations in the Gulf of Mexico.

Red Snapper Catch Card

If you fish for true red snapper, or you commonly catch true red snapper while fishing for other species, we need your help. Find the digital or printable catch card forms here.

National Saltwater Angler Registry and Marine Recreational Information Program (MRIP)

Marine Recreational Information Program FAQs

View frequently asked questions about the Marine Recreational Information Program.

Reef Fish Identification Guide

A quick guide to popular recreational reef fishes found in Florida waters.

Recreational Fisheries FAQ

Do you have questions about recreational fisheries? Read the recreational fisheries FAQ for answers.

Recreational Fisheries Landings

Learn how recreational fishing landings and effort are estimated in the Marine Recreational Information Program (MRIP) and how to access recreational fishing data.


FWC Facts:
American eels spend 10 to 20 years in fresh or brackish waters only to migrate hundreds of miles to spawn in saltwater in the Atlantic’s Sargasso Sea.

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