Projects and Research
While freshwater stock enhancement is well developed, marine stock
enhancement is still relatively new. The Fish and Wildlife Research
Institute's Stock Enhancement Research Facility (SERF) participates
in numerous programs and research efforts designed to support
fisheries management work by using hatchery-reared animals to
supplement or restore native fisheries populations.
Bay scallop populations have been declining along the Gulf of
Mexico coast of Florida since at least the 1960s.
In February 1999, the FWC began stocking the Indian River Lagoon
with hatchery-reared red drum to help restore native
The Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI), in partnership with Mote Marine Laboratory (MML), is in the midst of a large-scale redfish (red drum) stock enhancement project in Tampa Bay.