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

If you catch a rare or unusual fish in Florida waters, please report it to:

Saltwater

FishColl@MyFWC.com
FWC-Fish and Wildlife
Research Institute
100 Eighth Avenue SE
St. Petersburg, FL 33701-5020
Phone: (727) 896-8626

Freshwater

ExoticFreshwaterFishID@MyFWC.com
c/o Kelly Gestring
FWC-Habitat and Species Conservation
801 NW 40 Street
Boca Raton, FL 33431
Phone: (561) 391-6409

Oarfish
An 8-foot ancient sea-monster? Not really. It is an oarfish, Regalecus glesne, caught by Bob and Bernice Gant, Dennis Boires, and Annette Peterson in Wiggins Pass, Collier County.

swamp-eel
A snake?  An eel?  The swamp eel Monopterus albus is actually a fish.

Florida Fish Catalogs: Saltwater and Freshwater

View information about Florida's Non-native Species



FWC Facts:
Pyrodinium bahamense, an HAB organism that blooms each summer in Tampa Bay and Indian River Lagoon, chemically lights up to glow in the dark. This is called bioluminescence.

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