Fish and Wildlife Research Institute


Recreational Fisheries

Learn how recreational fisheries data are collected in Florida; view trends, and access landings data.

Recreational Anglers and Professional Fishers Assist with Red Snapper Research on the Atlantic Coast of Florida

Scientists gather information about the Atlantic red snapper fishery with assistance from anglers during 2014 season in Atlantic federal waters.

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.

Red Snapper Catch Card

If you fish for true red snapper, or you commonly catch true red snapper while fishing for other species, we need your help.

Preliminary Results of Gulf Reef Fish Studies

Biologists accompanied close to 300 charter and headboat fishing trips and tagged more than 15,000 fish during the first 18 months of the research.

Marine Recreational Information Program FAQs

View frequently asked questions about the Marine Recreational Information Program.

Reef Fish Identification Guide

A quick guide to popular recreational reef fishes found in Florida waters.

Recreational Fisheries FAQ

Do you have questions about recreational fisheries? Read the recreational fisheries FAQ for answers.

Recreational Fisheries Landings

Learn how recreational fishing landings and effort are estimated in the Marine Recreational Information Program (MRIP) and how to access recreational fishing data.


FWC Facts:
Pyrodinium bahamense, an HAB organism that blooms each summer in Tampa Bay and Indian River Lagoon, chemically lights up to glow in the dark. This is called bioluminescence.

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