Florida East Coast Cooperative: Red Snapper Tagging Project

Russ Brodie with FWC; speaking at the Jacksonville Offshore Fishing Club on 3/3/11

    
Russ demonstrating Red Snapper tagging kit

Below is a video and story regarding the new Red Snapper Tagging Program by JU FWC Researchers. Story ran on Saturday (February 12, 2011) in the Daytona Beach News-Journal.

YouTube Video of tagging process

 
News Article

Russell Brodie with Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission gave a brief overview on the Fisheries Independent Monitoring
Program at Jacksonville University MSRI to visitors from Mandarin High School.

    

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Fish and Wildlife Research Institute

Included under the executive director's direct supervision is the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI) with headquarters in St. Petersburg. FWRI's statewide research programs focus on obtaining data and information needed by natural resource managers and stakeholders. The legislatively approved agency-wide reorganization of the FWC in 2004 integrated parts of the Division of Wildlife, Division of Freshwater Fisheries, and the Florida Marine Research Institute to create the FWRI. In addition to fulfilling the functions previously provided by three groups, FWRI has added focus areas in spatial analysis, biostatistics and modeling, wildlife forensics, and socioeconomic research.

Florida Statute charges the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute with these responsibilities:

  • Monitoring marine and freshwater resources, wildlife, and habitats

  • Developing and implementing techniques for restoring plant and animal species and their habitats

  • Providing technical support when oil spills and human-related or natural disasters occur

  • Monitoring red tides and providing technical support for state and local government public health concerns

  • Providing fish and wildlife research technical result to state and local governments

  FWRI programs are diversely funded from user fees, grants, state general revenue, and specialty license plates. User fees include charges from items such as hunting and fishing licenses. Over half of the more than 600 FWRI staff members work at the downtown St. Petersburg headquarters. The other employees operate out of field laboratories at key inland and coastal locations throughout the state. The largest concentration of freshwater fisheries staff is located in Eustis, and most wildlife research staff are located in Gainesville. The institute's annual operating budget of approximately $50 million supports about 300 research projects.

Although FWRI is a new part of the FWC, the groups that form the institute have been generating quality science in support of resource management for over 50 years. The Florida Marine Research Institute was founded in 1955; the Division of Wildlife's research-oriented programs date from the 1940s, as do the research efforts of the Division of Freshwater Fisheries. FWRI continues the ongoing collaborative partnerships these groups have established with other government, academic, non-profit, and private fish and wildlife research institutions.

As Florida's human population and the associated environmental stresses have increased, the need for information about our natural resources has become urgent. FWRI strives to fill that need by providing the scientific foundation for management of Florida's fish and wildlife resources. FWRI is organized into five broad, interrelated science sections: Marine Fisheries Research, Freshwater Fisheries Research, Ecosystem Assessment and Restoration, Wildlife Research, and Information Science and Management. The principal liaison between the Institute and the public is our Outreach Coordination office.

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The Institute include Fisheries Independent Monitoring Program (this program provides data for The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and other fisheries managers to regulating Florida’s biological resources.)

About the FWC

Our Mission: Managing fish and wildlife resources for their long-term well-being and the benefit of people.

The Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission came into existence on July 1, 1999 - the result of a constitutional amendment approved in the 1998 General Election as part of the package proposed by the Constitution Revision Commission.

In the implementation of the Constitutional Amendment, the Florida Legislature combined all of the staff and Commissioners of the former Marine Fisheries Commission, elements of the Divisions of Marine Resources and Law Enforcement of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, and all of the employees and Commissioners of the former Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission.

Five years later, after consulting stakeholders, employees and other interested parties, the FWC adopted a new internal structure to address complex conservation issues of the new century. The new structure focuses on programs, such as habitat management, that affect numerous species. It will focus on moving the decision-making process closer to the public and did not require any additional funding or additional positions.

Visit www.myfwc.com to see what you can do further to help our environment.

Concerns about ill or injured dolphins, fish kills, please call
the Wildlife Hotline of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission. 

1-888-404-3922

 

Contact information for Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission at the MSRI/Jacksonville University.

 

Brodie, Russell
Florida Fish & Wildlife

Marine Science Research

russell.brodie@myfwc.com
745-3057

Marine Science Research Inst

Cunningham, Sean
Florida Fish & Wildlife

Marine Science Research

sean.cunningham@myfwc.com
 745-3058

Marine Science Research Inst

Gargasz, Nate
Florida Fish & Wildlife

Marine Science Research

nate.gargasz@myfwc.com
  745-3057

Marine Science Research Inst

Hulsey, Amy
Florida Fish & Wildlife

Marine Science Research

amy.hulsey@myfwc.com
   745-3057

Marine Science Research Inst

Koryak, Mark
Florida Fish & Wildlife

Marine Science Research

mark.koryak@myfwc.com
745-3058

Marine Science Research Inst

Lyons, Julia
Florida Fish & Wildlife

Marine Science Research

julia.lyons@myfwc.com
745-3057

Marine Science Research Inst

Renaldo, Janalea
Florida Fish & Wildlife

Marine Science Research

janalea.renalddo@myfwc.com
745-3058

Marine Science Research Inst

Solomon, Justin
Florida Fish & Wildlife

Marine Science Research

justin.solomon@myfwc.com
 745-3057

Marine Science Research Inst

Watkins, Matt
Florida Fish & Wildlife

Marine Science Research

matt.watkins@myfwc.com
745-3057

Marine Science Research Inst