Fish and Wildlife Research Institute


Stock Enhancement

The Stock Enhancement program uses applied research to develop the technology for breeding and rearing finfish and mollusks to enhance or rebuild coastal fisheries. The program has bred and reared red drum, snook, spotted seatrout, bay scallops, and queen conch.

Projects and Research

While freshwater stock enhancement is well developed, marine stock enhancement is still relatively new. The Fish and Wildlife Research Institute's Stock Enhancement Research Facility (SERF) participates in numerous programs and research efforts designed to support fisheries management work by using hatchery-reared animals to supplement or restore native fisheries populations.

Outreach and Education

Learn about education programs, internships and volunteer opportunities at the Stock Enhancement Research Facility.

General Information

Many of Florida's economically important marine species, such as red drum, snook, spotted seatrout, queen conch, and bay scallops, have declined in abundance relative to historic levels. Hatchery production is frequently suggested as one remedy for this decline.

FWC Facts:
Pyrodinium bahamense, an HAB organism that blooms each summer in Tampa Bay and Indian River Lagoon, chemically lights up to glow in the dark. This is called bioluminescence.

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