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Sampling and Monitoring

Scientists study reef fish using a wide range of methods and techniques. Their research improves our understanding and management of these important species.

Research and Monitoring Program
Researchers study the abundance, biology and ecology of Florida's reef fish species to improve population assessments and management.

Acoustic Telemetry Tracks Florida Keys Reef Fish
While tracking movement patterns of several reef fish species, the Keys Finfish Research team is evaluating the function of marine reserves throughout the Dry Tortugas National Park and surrounding waters.

Fisheries-Independent Monitoring in the Florida Keys Using Visual Sampling
Visual surveys are used to estimate relative abundance and to monitor the size class distribution of economically important fish species in coral reef areas of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.

FWC Enlists Anglers to Assist Reef Fish Studies
Biologists can learn much about the Gulf recreational fishery from anglers' reports of catching several species of snapper, grouper, and gray triggerfish.

Fisheries-Independent Monitoring Using Stratified-Random Sampling
The Fisheries-Independent Monitoring program (FIM) conducts stratified-random sampling to estimate fish abundance and population trends in seven regions around Florida.