Program Projects and Research
The Fish and Wildlife Health program monitors the health of organisms in Florida's marine and estuarine waters as bioindicators of environmental stress, to facilitate information transfer, to develop diagnostic support related to aquatic disease and mortality events in the Gulf of Mexico, and to develop health guidelines for stock enhancement.
FWC Initiates Studies to Investigate Fish Health
In response to reports of fish with abnormalities, FWC created a new freshwater fish health monitoring program across 30 lakes with a focus on Lake Okeechobee in South Florida.
Public Alerts Researchers to Abnormal Shrimp
Reports of discolored and diseased shrimp in the northern Indian River Lagoon in 2005 pointed researchers to the source of infection.
Health Assessment of Blue Crab in Tampa Bay
A project to study blue crab health in Tampa Bay from August 2006 through August 2007.