Fish and Wildlife Research Institute

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Reef Fish

Several dozen finfish species, including snapper, grouper and triggerfish, are collectively termed reef fish. Researchers monitor these populations to provide data that aids effective management of the fisheries.



General Information

Learn about the biology, ecology, stock abundance and management of Florida’s reef fish species.

Sampling and Monitoring

Scientists study reef fish using a wide range of methods and techniques. Their research improves our understanding and management of these important species.

Reproduction and Histology

Reproductive biology is an important aspect of fish life history. Scientists are studying gonadal tissue samples of reef fish species in the Gulf of Mexico using high-quality histological techniques to better understand reproductive cycles and spawning locations.


FWC Facts:
Smalltooth sawfish double their length from 2.5 feet at birth to 5 feet by the end of their first year in Florida’s estuarine nurseries.

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