Marine Fisheries Research

The waters along Florida’s coastline attract millions of recreational anglers and thousands of commercial fishers. Marine Fisheries Research biologists study the fish and invertebrates found in the state’s saltwater environments, gathering data important for the management of these species. The section’s research includes collecting and analyzing fishing data, monitoring species status and abundance, investigating biological information, and breeding and rearing certain species to enhance or rebuild their populations.

Current Articles
Gag Grouper: Where Have All the Cowboys Gone? Evaluating Spatio-Temporal Trends in Male Abundance and Reproductive Dynamics in a Sex-Changing Reef Fish

Archived Articles
January 2020
FIM’s Marine Fish Mercury Program — Indian River Field Lab

October 2019
Coral Creek Restoration Monitoring

July 2019
Reef Today, Gone Tomorrow

April 2019
Florida Keys Reef Fish Monitoring: Reef Fish Visual Census
Fine Tuning Reef Fish Surveys Through the Incorporation of Hydroacoustic Technology

January 2019
A Fond Farewell to Ed Matheson, FIM’s Top Taxonomist 

October 2018
Vessel Use Pattern in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary
Recruitment of Juvenile Gag Grouper in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico

July 2018
Small Investment, Big Returns
Fish and Macroinvertebrate Monitoring in the Lower St. John’s River Basin in Support of the Jacksonville Harbor Deepening Project

April 2018
Scallop Restoration in the Florida Panhandle
Effects of the 36-year closure and opening of Joe Bay on fishes and recreational fisheries