Fish and Wildlife Research Institute



As the research division within FWC, the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute operates programs statewide that focus on obtaining the wide-ranging data and information needed by fish, wildlife, and ecosystem resource managers.

Ecosystem Assessment and Restoration

The Fish and Wildlife Research Institute's habitat and ecosystem research provides the foundation for developing ecologically and environmentally sound restoration and enhancement practices, materials, and recommendations.

Freshwater Fisheries Research

Freshwater fisheries biologists provide analyses of freshwater fish and invertebrate species in Florida lakes, fish management areas, rivers, and streams.

Information Science and Management

Information Science and Management researchers provide the technological expertise to support the broad approach necessary to address Florida's complex fish-, wildlife-, and habitat-related issues.

Marine Fisheries Research

The Fish and Wildlife Research Institute's marine fisheries research efforts focus on Florida's recreational and commercial marine fisheries species.

Wildlife Research

Wildlife researchers work throughout the state to collect and provide information related to the population status and threats, habitat requirements, life history, and recovery needs of upland, aquatic, and marine species.

History of the Institute

Learn how Florida's fish and wildlife research organizations evolved over the years to form the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute.

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