The Stock Enhancement program uses applied research to develop the technology for breeding and rearing finfish and mollusks to enhance or rebuild coastal fisheries. The program has bred and reared red drum, snook, spotted seatrout, bay scallops, and queen conch.
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.
Outreach and Education
Learn about education programs, internships and volunteer opportunities at the Stock Enhancement Research Facility.
Many of Florida's economically important marine species, such as red drum, snook, spotted seatrout, queen conch, and bay scallops, have declined in abundance relative to historic levels. Hatchery production is frequently suggested as one remedy for this decline.