Fish and Wildlife Research Institute


Program Projects and Research

The Fish and Wildlife Health program monitors the health of organisms in Florida's marine and estuarine waters as bioindicators of environmental stress, to facilitate information transfer, to develop diagnostic support related to aquatic disease and mortality events in the Gulf of Mexico, and to develop health guidelines for stock enhancement.

Public Alerts Researchers to Abnormal Shrimp

Reports of discolored and diseased shrimp in the northern Indian River Lagoon in 2005 pointed researchers to the source of infection.

Worms in Fish

Learn about the parasites commonly found in fish.

Health Assessment of Blue Crab in Tampa Bay

A project to study blue crab health in Tampa Bay from August 2006 through August 2007.

FWC Facts:
Horseshoe crabs do not bite or sting. Despite the ferocious look of the tail, it is not used as a weapon, but to right themselves if they are flipped over by a wave.

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