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.
Researchers study the abundance, biology and ecology of Florida's reef fish species to improve population assessments and management.
While tracking movement patterns of several reef fish species, the Keys Finfish Research team is evaluating the function of marine reserves throughout the Dry Tortugas National Park and surrounding waters.
Visual surveys are used to estimate relative abundance and to monitor the size class distribution of economically important fish species in coral reef areas of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.
Researchers collect first catch-and-release mortality data for gray (mangrove) snapper, which will be useful for stock assessment considerations and recommendations for responsible angling practices.
Biologists can learn much about the Gulf recreational fishery from anglers' reports of catching several species of snapper, grouper, and gray triggerfish.