Tracking and listening techniques reveal facts about the
reproductive habits of the sport fish species Cynoscion
nebulosus in the Tampa Bay area.
Reproductive dynamics of Tampa Bay spotted seatrout were the
subject of a five-year (2003-2008) study using acoustic telemetry
to track movements of tagged fish and passive acoustics to listen
to and record spawning sounds created by aggregations. Results are
detailed within a comprehensive report of research funded under the
Sport Fish Restoration Act, titled "Investigations into Nearshore
and Estuarine Gamefish Behavior, Ecology, and Life History in
Florida." These data, along with other work at the FWC's Fish and
Wildlife Research Institute, help to ensure the sustainable status
of one of the largest and most popular inshore sport fisheries in
Florida and along the southeastern United States.
Seatrout Research Findings (PDF 1.33MB)
Those wishing to cite the article may do so as follows:
Lowerre-Barbieri, S., S. Walters, and J. Bickford. 2008. Spatial
and temporal reproductive dynamics of spotted seatrout in Tampa Bay
and adjacent waters. Pp. 135-151 in Investigations into
nearshore and estuarine gamefish behavior, ecology, and life
history in Florida. Sport Fish Restoration Act Report. 188 p.