Fish and Wildlife Research Institute


Sampling and Monitoring

Scientists study reef fish using a wide range of methods and techniques. Their research improves our understanding and management of these important species.

Research and Monitoring Program

Researchers study the abundance, biology and ecology of Florida's reef fish species to improve population assessments and management.

Acoustic Telemetry Tracks Florida Keys Reef Fish

While tracking movement patterns of several reef fish species, the Keys Finfish Research team is evaluating the function of marine reserves throughout the Dry Tortugas National Park and surrounding waters.

Fisheries-Independent Monitoring in the Florida Keys Using Visual Sampling

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.

Gray Snapper Project Collects Valuable Data on Catch-and-Release Fishing Practices

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.

FWC Enlists Anglers to Assist Reef Fish Studies

Biologists can learn much about the Gulf recreational fishery from anglers' reports of catching several species of snapper, grouper, and gray triggerfish.

FWC Facts:
Brown hoplo, a nonnative, armored catfish, is found throughout central and south Florida. They can survive in low-oxygen backwaters and ditches, where they gulp air at the surface.

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