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Exotic Fishes

Florida’s subtropical climate is welcoming to many species of exotic fish. FWRI researchers not only study these fish’s impact on native species, but also the impact anglers have targeting them.



Brown Hoplo Cast-Net Fishery

FWRI freshwater fisheries scientists in Melbourne conducted a study to determine the effect of cast-net fishing on habitat and sport fish species in the St. Johns River.

Brown Hoplo FAQ

Do you have questions about brown hoplo? Read the brown hoplo FAQ for answers.


FWC Facts:
It is common for closely related species such as bluegill (bream) and redear sunfish (shellcracker) to hybridize or spawn with each other.

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