Marine Fisheries Research: Chris Young

Based out of FWRI's Stock Enhancement Research Facility (SERF) in Port Manatee, Chris is the director of the stock enhancement program and SERF.

Chris YoungDegrees / Certifications
B.S. Michigan State University, 1975 East Lansing, Michigan
M.S. Fisheries Management, 1987, South Dakota State University, Brookings, South Dakota

 

What are you working on now?
I manage the FWC Stock Enhancement Research Facility in Manatee County. We're currently developing the technology to culture fish and invertebrates indoors in tanks instead of rearing in outdoor ponds (which has been done since the hatchery became operational in 1988). We're making progress and I'm excited about the potential for fish and aquatic plant production to support Florida's marine resources.

How is this information beneficial?
Future fish hatcheries in Florida will focus on intensive culture just like what is happening throughout the United States. Intensive culture provides almost total control of the fish culture process with minimal impact on the environment.

Was this your original career interest? Why or why not?
Yes, I've been intrigued by working in fisheries since I was a child.

What is your biggest accomplishment?
My participation with Project Tampa Bay (red drum enhancement in Tampa Bay).

What do you like most about your career?
I thoroughly enjoy fish culture and like working at the hatchery.

What do you like least about your career?
Too much office work.

What are some of your biggest challenges?
Getting the program geared up to release red drum in the future and continuing to advance stock enhancement and whatever meaningful role it has for the agency.

What advice would you give to someone interested in pursuing a career in your field?
Pursue as much education as possible. Fishery work is very competitive. Get some work experience to determine what you're really most passionate about.



FWC Facts:
The bowfin, or mudfish, is a ‘living fossil’ and is the only freshwater fish with a gular bone, a bony plate on the exterior of the lower jaw between the two jawbones.

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