The Fish and Wildlife Health Group at the Fish and Wildlife
Research Institute, based in St. Petersburg, Florida, is concerned
with the health status of Florida's marine and estuarine organisms.
The Fish and Wildlife Health Group at
FWRI, based in St. Petersburg, Florida, is concerned with the
health status of Florida's marine and estuarine organisms.
Mortality events or diseases may be an indication of an
environmental health problem. Non-native or invasive species may be
present and threaten the health and survival of native species.
Utilizing information and assistance from concerned citizens like
you, the Aquatic Health staff can investigate and document
mortality and disease events around the state.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
Please call or e-mail us if you see any of the following
- A mortality event such as a fish kill, dead horseshoe crabs, or
a sponge die-off
- A disease condition such as fish with lesions or tumors
- A harmful algal bloom or discolored water
- A species, such as green mussels, that you think may be an
invasive species in the aquatic environment
If you have any questions concerning the health of organisms in
the marine or estuarine waters of Florida, please e-mail us at FishandWildlifeHealth@MyFWC.com.
Please include as much of the following information as possible:
exact location, date, and time you saw event; if the event is
on-going; type(s) of organism involved; how many of each type of
organism was involved; and any unusual environmental conditions
such as heavy rains, a spill, or discolored water. Please give us
your name and a daytime phone number where researchers can contact
you if we have more questions.
Red lips were a classic symptom of a
still unknown disease
that killed millions of hardhead catfish Gulfwide in 1995.