Fish and Wildlife Research Institute


Partners in Stock Enhancement

The Fish and Wildlife Research Institute's Stock Enhancement Research Facility (SERF) partners with Mote Marine Laboratory and the Crystal River Mariculture Center to produce hatchery-reared animals to support the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's fisheries management efforts.

Mote Marine Laboratory

The FWC Fisheries Stock Enhancement Program is a partnership with Mote Marine Laboratory, located in Sarasota.

Crystal River Mariculture Center

The Crystal River Mariculture Center is located at Progress Energy Complex in Crystal River near the Gulf of Mexico.

FWC Facts:
Scientists can determine the age of a fish by counting growth rings, similar to growth rings of a tree, on otoliths, the “inner ear bones” of fish.

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