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Non-native-marine

Nonnative Marine Life

Read information about the nonnative species found in Florida and learn how you can help FWRI monitor the health of Florida's marine organisms.



Asian Green Mussels

The Asian green mussel (Perna viridis) was found in Tampa Bay in late 1999.

Ballast Water and the Transport of Harmful Algae

Numerous aquatic organisms may be introduced into nonnative environments when commercial cargo ships exchange ballast water with nearshore waters. FWRI is investigating the risks of potentially harmful microalgae entering Tampa Bay through ballast water.

First-Known Lionfish Caught in Florida's Gulf Coast Waters

In October 2006, FWRI researchers received the first-known lionfish caught in Florida's Gulf coast waters.

FWC begins research study to help manage lionfish in the Florida Keys

Researchers target five habitat areas in the Florida Keys to assess lionfish populations to help develop a management plan for the invasive species.

Monitoring the Health of Florida's Marine Organisms

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.

Tiger Prawn Intrudes in Florida Waters

Report sightings of this nonnative shrimp to the Fish Kill Hotline.

Gallery

View images of nonnative marine life found in Florida waters.



FWC Facts:
Some snook spend more time in fresh water than saltwater.

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