Fish and Wildlife Research Institute



FWRI houses three separate ichthyology collections including adult and juvenile fish, ichthyoplankton, and fish tissues.

Ichthyology Collection

The FWRI ichthyology collection includes adult and juvenile fish from the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. Tissue samples are available for over 3500 of these specimens.

SEAMAP Ichthyoplankton Archive

The Southeast Area Monitoring and Assessment Program (SEAMAP) is a cooperative state and federal program for collecting, managing, and disseminating fishery-independent data. The SEAMAP ichthyology archive contains more than 580,000 lots of specimens dating back to the 1980s.

What Fish is This?

How to report a rare or unusual fish in Florida waters.

FWC Facts:
Red tides have been documented along Florida's Gulf coast since the 1840s and likely occurred earlier. Fish kills around Tampa Bay were mentioned in the logs of Spanish explorers.

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