Marine Fisheries Stock Enhancement
The Marine Fisheries Stock Enhancement program uses applied research to develop the technology for spawning and rearing fish to enhance or help restore coastal fisheries. The program has spawned and reared red drum, common snook, spotted seatrout, bay scallops, and queen conch.
About Stock Enhancement
In its simplest terms, stock enhancement is the release of hatchery-grown fish into the wild to supplement juvenile fish populations, in the effort to increase fishing opportunities and to help restore and conserve native fish populations. Stocking of saltwater fish has been undertaken for more than 140 years, but a scientific approach for the release of hatchery fish is still a growing science.
- What is Stock Enhancement?
- FWC Marine Fisheries Stock Enhancement Research
- Marine Fisheries Enhancement Center (MFEC)
- Raising Fish at the MFEC
Projects and History
The Fish and Wildlife Research Institute's Marine Fisheries Enhancement Center 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.
- Use of saltwater from a deep aquifer at the MFEC
- Reproductive assessment of captive adult female red drum
- Project Tampa Bay
- One Millionth Marsh Grass Plant Donated for Coastal Restoration
- Biscayne Bay and Indian River Lagoon
- Stock Enhancement Research at Port Manatee