Fish Health staff monitor and study marine organism diseases, die-offs and fish kills, and the causes, such as infectious agents, parasites, contaminants, red tides, biological toxins and poor water quality, that may be associated with these events.
The toll-free hotline offers information about how and where to report fish kills, fish with parasites, or other fish abnormalities.
The Fish and Wildlife Health program monitors the health of
organisms in Florida's marine and estuarine waters as bioindicators
of environmental stress, to facilitate information transfer, to
develop diagnostic support related to aquatic disease and mortality
events in the Gulf of Mexico, and to develop health guidelines for
This section offers statewide records of current and historic information about reported external abnormalities in fish and fish kills reported to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's Fish and Wildlife Research Institute.
Florida's diverse aquatic resources are threatened by many human
activities that can affect water quality and fish habitat and
increase the likelihood of contaminants accumulating in water and
fish. Project staff members monitor changes in water quality and
levels of contaminants, including mercury in fish, in Florida's
fresh and marine waters.