Fish and Wildlife Research Institute

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General Information

Many of Florida's economically important marine species, such as red drum, snook, queen conch, and bay scallops, have declined in abundance relative to historic levels. Hatchery production is frequently suggested as one remedy for this decline.



Stock Enhancement Research Facility

Florida's first state operated marine fish hatchery spawns and raises hatchery fish for stock enhancement in Florida waters.

Fisheries Stock Enhancement

The purpose of this program is to breed and rear game fish and mollusks for release into marine waters and to evaluate the use of hatchery-reared animals in restoring and managing Florida's coastal fisheries.

Evaluating the Potential for Saltwater Fish Hatcheries in Florida

Hatcheries focus on fish stock enhancement, habitat restoration and educating the public about marine conservation.

Marine Stock Enhancement in Florida

The former Florida Department of Natural Resources began development of a saltwater hatchery and initiated a stock enhancement program in 1985.

Raising Red Drum at SERF

Prized for ease of sight fishing and their tenacious fight, red drum (or redfish) are one of the most sought after game fish in Florida.


FWC Facts:
A shrimp escapes predators by quickly pulling its abdomen in toward its carapace (body). This motion shoots it through the water backward.

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