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From November 9 – 13, 2015, more than 350 fisheries biologists, students, scientists, managers, fishers, and representatives from various government departments and conservation groups from Caribbean countries met in Ciudad de Panamá (Panamá) to explore how they might build networks of people, institutions, and protected areas to further the conservation of marine resources, habitats, and fisheries throughout the region. This publication outlines major outcomes of the sessions and includes more than 100 research papers that were presented.
Sea Grant will likely be investing $50 million to $100 million in aquaculture research and technology transfer over the next 10 years. A clear vision will help guide strategic investments to support and expand the aquaculture industry. This document explains Sea Grant’s appropriate roles over the next 10 years, and priority research strategies leading to sustainable economic development, environmental conservation and social well-being.
Awareness, Knowledge and Perceptions of Barotrauma and Barotrauma Mitigation: A Survey of Florida Anglers
As part of its catch and release outreach program, Florida Sea Grant conducted this survey to measure Florida saltwater anglers’ awareness, knowledge and perceptions of barotrauma. The survey was designed to provide insight into the level of understanding Florida anglers have regarding the concept of barotrauma, their recognition of it, their experience and confidence in using existing barotrauma mitigation tools, and their preferred methods of learning about barotrauma.
A full-color map identifying access routes to the boat ramps and marinas in Citrus County near Homosassa and Crystal River, plus the latest information on scallops and scalloping, the recommended equipment you will want to bring, and a few tasty recipes for preparing Florida’s best summertime catch.
A full-color map identifying access routes to the boat ramps and marinas in Hernando County, plus the latest information on scallops and scalloping, the recommended equipment you will want to bring, and a few tasty recipes for preparing Florida’s best summertime catch.
Recreational Harvesting of the Florida Bay Scallop: Steinhatchee and Keaton Beach Areas, Taylor County
A full-color map identifying access routes to the boat ramps and marinas in southern Taylor County near Steinhatchee and Keaton Beach, plus the latest information on scallops and scalloping, the recommended equipment you will want to bring, and a few tasty recipes for preparing Florida’s best summertime catch.
This is a summary of a workshop at the University of Florida that brought together students, professors and other professionals to model various lionfish management strategies. The team worked with an Ecopath with Ecosim model to evaluate how reef fish management strategies and lionfish removal efforts would be expected to influence lionfish impacts on the West Florida Shelf ecosystem. This white paper summarizes the key findings from the workshop and will be followed by a peer-reviewed journal article, as well as future collaborations.
This report is part of a series published in Florida Trend by Florida Sea Grant which discusses the state’s artificial reef program, and what Florida Sea Grant is doing to help guide the science behind reef deployment.
This project builds on an initial investigation into the effects of different governance arrangements on the profitability and sustainability of Caribbean artisanal FAD fishing. In this study fishing lures were introduced and tested as an addition to or replacement for the use of small and juvenile fish taken at FADs for use as bait to target larger pelagic fish. Having the lures allowed fishing to also occur while transiting to and from FADs. Lures also provided a back-up that allowed fishing to occur during occasions when baitfish, normally caught at FADs, could not be secured. These results suggest that lures can be effective auxiliary gear in the Caribbean FAD fisheries but are unlikely to replace the use of bait.
Florida has one of the most active artificial reef programs in the nation. The Florida Artificial Reef Summit has become a unique event to learn about the latest in artificial reef research and management strategies. The summit happens only once every 4 to 6 years. From January 14-16, 2015, artificial reef managers, researchers, natural resource managers, and students from around the world met to discuss issues relevant to artificial reefs and site development, fisheries management, ecology, restoration, permitting and regulations and more. This booklet contains the meeting summary, along with the abstracts of research presented at the Summit.
From November 4 – 8, 2013, more than 420 fisheries biologists, students, scientists, marine protected area researchers, managers, fishers, and representatives from various government departments and conservation groups from Caribbean countries met in Corpus Christi, Texas, to explore how they might build networks of people, institutions, and protected areas to further the conservation of marine resources, habitats, and fisheries throughout the region. This publication outlines major outcomes of the sessions and includes more than 100 research papers that were presented.
In this analysis of the use, profitability and shared governance of fish aggregation devices on the island nation of Dominica, researchers use input from stakeholders to determine most profitable governance arrangements and identify best practices for sustainably using and co-managing FADs.
Revised, December 2013
Releasing a fish safely with minimal harm is key to helping it survive. This fold-out brochure provides practical advice for fishermen who want to increase the survival rate of fish with proper handling during the landing and release. Includes an all-new section on deep-water release techniques for reef fish.
TP-200, full report
TP-201, executive summary
The University of Florida Oyster Recovery Team describes conditions in Apalachicola Bay, Florida, prior to and after a historic collapse of the oyster fishery in 2012. The team, led by Florida Sea Grant director Karl Havens, reviews possible causes for the fishery collapse, and outlines a plan for future monitoring, research and fishery management.
Revised, July 2013
Offers illustrations and facts about the most common sharks encountered by beach goers and recreational anglers.
Swett, R.; C. Adams; S. Larkin; A. Hodges; T. Stevens
A University of Florida and Florida Sea Grant study measures the economic impact of artificial reefs in Pinellas, Hillsborough, Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte and Lee counties. Artificial reefs pulled more than $253 million into the region during one year. Economic impacts by county are also available as one-page fact sheets:
SGEF-180, Manatee County
SGEF-181, Sarasota County
SGEF-182, Hillsborough County
SGEF-183, Pinellas County
SGEF-184, Charlotte County
SGEF-185, Lee County
SGEF-186, Southwest Florida
Guidelines and Management Practices for Artificial Reef Siting, Use, Construction, and Anchoring in Southeast Florida
Revised, June 2011
Editors: Lindberg, W.; W. Seaman; D. Zimmerman
This document addresses a specific type of undersea construction that has impacted coral ecosystems but also offers a tool for repair of damage to them. That tool is the deployment of structures on the sea floor to serve as artificial reefs.
Lindberg, W. and M. Schrope
This Q-and-A fact sheet discusses an often-asked question whether fish are merely attracted to artificial reefs from other areas—concentrating them at a known location for fishermen to catch—or if artificial reefs actually lead to the production of more fish.
Stevely, J. and D. Sweat
Sponges are living, valuable residents of Florida’s coastal ecosystems, providing habitat that is essential to a myriad of marine creatures, including spiny lobsters, one of the state’s most important commercial fisheries.
A circle hook is a fishing hook designed and manufactured so that the point is turned perpendicularly back to the shank to form a generally circular or oval shape. This fact sheet describes when and how to use a circle hook. Also available in Spanish.
This brochure identifies when caught fish need to be vented and outlines venting procedures and tools.
A circle hook is a fishing hook designed and manufactured so that the point is turned perpendicularly back to the shank to form a generally circular or oval shape. This fact sheet describes when and how to use a circle hook. Also available in English.
Otwell, S. and F. Lawlor
Identifies fishing gear needed and explains how to identify molting blue crabs, also known as peeler crabs.
Identifies 86 species of fish commonly caught by saltwater anglers. For each species, important information about distinguishing features, biology/habitat and fishing methods is provided. The often confusing nicknames applied to each fish are noted, as well as the fish’s preferred common name.