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The Redfish Summit was hosted in August 2021 and focused on redfish biology and management in Florida, including a presentation on an updated stock assessment, information about habitat and water quality, and interactive discussions about future management of the fishery.

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Presentations are linked to in the agenda below.


7:30 a.m. Registration check-in begins

Opening Remarks

8:30 a.m. Welcome and opening remarks Jessica McCawley & Stuart Cumberbatch           

8:35 a.m. Housekeeping Stuart Cumberbatch

What is the Status of Redfish in Florida?

8:45 a.m. How anglers contribute to fisheries research and management Gina Russo & Sarah Burnsed

9:05 a.m. Redfish biology & sustainability Sue Barbieri

9:30 a.m. 2020 Florida redfish stock assessment & fishery Dustin Addis                        

10:00 a.m. Break

10:20 a.m. Redfish management in Florida Jessica McCawley & Luiz Barbieri

Habitat Conservation & Restoration

10:40 a.m. Exploring the relationships between pollutant loads, water quality, & fisheries habitats in Florida's Estuary Programs Dave Tomasko

11:05 a.m. Overview of FWC estuarine habitat restoration & research Caroline Gorga & Kent Smith  

11:30 a.m. Panel discussion & audience questions Stuart Cumberbatch     

12:15 p.m. Pre-Summit survey results & preview of afternoon session Erika Burgess                               

12:30 p.m. Lunch

Participant Feedback on Redfish in Florida & Staff Engagement

2:00 p.m. Break-out session Multiple Staff

4:00 p.m. Dot exercise & staff engagement All Staff & Participants

5:00 p.m. Adjourn

Jessica McCawley, Director, Division of Marine Fisheries Management, FWC (850) 487-0554  

Stuart Cumberbatch, Facilitator, FWC, (850) 617-6008, 

Sarah Burnsed, Research Associate, Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, Florida FWC, (727) 502-4818, 

Melissa Crouch, Biological Administrator, Division of Marine Fisheries Management, Florida FWC, (850) 487-0554,  

Sue Barbieri, Research Scientist, Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, Florida FWC, (727) 502-4930,  


Dustin Addis, Research Administrator, Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, Florida FWC, (727) 502-4935,  

Dave Tomasko, PhD, Executive Director, Sarasota Bay Estuary Program, (941) 955-8085,   

Caroline Gorga, Habitat Research Administrator, Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, Florida FWC, (727) 502-4794,  

Kent Smith, Biological Administrator, Habitat and Species Conservation Division, Florida FWC, (850) 617-9504,  

Erika Burgess, Section Leader, Division of Marine Fisheries Management, Florida FWC, (850) 487-0554,