Fish and Wildlife Research Institute



Florida's marine fisheries provide over 2.5 million recreational anglers with sport fishing opportunities and over 15,000 commercial fishers with employment. The public expects FWRI to protect and enhance these resources for future generations.

Acoustic Telemetry Research

Projects | iTAG | Telemetry Publications | FACT Network

Angler Tag Return

Report a Tagged Fish | Cobia Acoustic Telemetry Project | Goliath Grouper | Largemouth Bass | Snook | Sturgeon


Bonefish Recruitment Dynamics and Genetic Population Structure Study | How You Can Help | Fieldwork | Photos from the Field

Commercial and Recreational Fisheries

Commercial Fisheries | Recreational Fisheries | Gulf Reef Fish Survey

Commercial Fisheries Photos and Reporting Codes

Food and Bait Finfish | Food and Bait Invertebrates | Marine Life Finfish | Marine Life Invertebrates | Marine Plants | Prohibited Species

Crustaceans - Marine Arthropods

Blue Crabs | Horseshoe Crabs | Lobster | Shrimp | Stone Crabs

Aquatic Health

Fish Kills and Fish Kill Hotline | Program Projects and Research | Reported Fish Kills and Abnormalities | Water Quality and Contaminants


Bay Scallops | Calico Scallops | Eastern Oysters | Hard Clams | Queen Conch | Other Molluscs | Resources

Reef Fish

General Information | Sampling and Monitoring | Reproduction and Histology | Research Videos

Saltwater Fish

Saltwater Fisheries Research | Age and Growth Lab | Saltwater Fish Catalog | Dolphin | Florida Pompano | Grouper | Mullet | Other Fish Information | Permit | Red Drum | Reef Fish | Sawfish | Snook | Spotted Seatrout | Tarpon | Wahoo

Sharks and Rays

Shark Attacks | Shark Fisheries | Species Profiles: Sharks | Species Profiles: Rays

Specimen Collections

Invertebrates | Fish | Contact Information | About Specimen Collections

Status and Trends

Species Account - Finfish | Species Account - Invertebrates | Status and Trends Report

Stock Assessments

Finfish Stock Assessments | Invertebrate Stock Assessments

Stock Enhancement

Projects and Research | Outreach and Education | General Information


Living with Sturgeon | Conservation and Legislation | General Information on Sturgeon | Research


General Information about Tarpon | Tarpon Catch-and-Release | Tarpon Genetics

FWC Facts:
White and brown shrimp depend on estuaries as nursery habitats, leaving when they reach 4-5 inches in length. This “shrimp run” occurs in late summer or early fall.

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