Fish and Wildlife Research Institute

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Long-term Monitoring

Learn how biologists conduct freshwater surveys and use these data for ongoing studies and long-term monitoring of freshwater communities.



Long-Term Monitoring Project

Biologists research, monitor and record the long-term history and trends of Florida’s freshwater fish populations.

Sampling Freshwater Fish Communities with Electrofishing

Biologists use electrofishing to monitor near-shore fish communities in Florida’s lakes.

Sampling Shallow-Water Fish Communities with Fyke Nets

Biologist use fyke nets to monitor shallow-water fish communities in Florida’s lakes.

Sampling Freshwater Fish Communities with Gill Nets

Biologists use gill nets to monitor offshore fish communities in Florida’s lakes.

The Science in Developing a Long-term Monitoring Program

FWRI biologists who work on the long-term monitoring program use various methods to ensure their research is as efficient as possible.


FWC Facts:
The Gulf sturgeon spawns 140 miles upstream from the mouth of the Suwannee River, one of the last pristine rivers with no dams to bar its path.

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