Fish and Wildlife Research Institute


Gulf Reef Fish Survey

The Gulf Reef Fish Survey is a data collection program aimed to improve recreational fishing data for reef fish species and allow for more informed fisheries management decisions.

Gulf Reef Fish Survey Update

Results from the first three years of the Gulf Reef Fish Survey.

Gulf Reef Fish Survey Timeline

Learn about the history of the Gulf Reef Fish Survey.

The Gulf Reef Fish Survey at a Glance

A quick guide to the Gulf Reef Fish Survey.

FWC Enlists Anglers to Assist Reef Fish Studies

Biologists use the data from the fish caught by recreational anglers to monitor the health and sustainability of reef fish populations in the Gulf of Mexico.

Science Behind The Survey

Do you have questions about the Gulf Reef Fish Survey? Find answers here.

Gulf of Mexico Reef Fish Guide

View or print this brochure to help you identify reef fish while fishing in the Gulf of Mexico (PDF 3.4MB).

How To Sign Up for the Gulf Reef Fish Survey

Learn more about the program and sign up today.

FWC Facts:
The bowfin, or mudfish, is a ‘living fossil’ and is the only freshwater fish with a gular bone, a bony plate on the exterior of the lower jaw between the two jawbones.

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