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Florida's marine fisheries-independent monitoring program: a long-term ecological dataset
McMichael Jr., R.H.; Paperno, R.; Mclaughlin, B.J.; Mitchell, M.E. (1995). Florida's marine fisheries-independent monitoring program: a long-term ecological dataset. Bull. Mar. Sci. 57(1): 282-285
In: Bulletin of Marine Science. University of Miami Press: Coral Gables. ISSN 0007-4977, more
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Keywords
    Biological sampling; Geographical distribution; Juveniles; Marine fisheries; Recruitment; Species diversity; Stock assessment; Marine

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  • McMichael Jr., R.H.
  • Paperno, R.
  • Mclaughlin, B.J.
  • Mitchell, M.E.

Abstract
    Florida's Marine Fisheries-Independent Monitoring Program was established to monitor juvenile fish populations in an effort to provide long-term, reliable data that are independent of recreational and commercial fishing activities and therefore provide unbiased estimates of trends in fish stocks. We are developing a juvenile fish database that will include valuable information (timing of recruitment, distribution, and habitat use) about many important estuarine-dependent species. The juvenile fish monitoring program began sampling in Tampa Bay in 1988 and has since expanded to include Charlotte Harbor, the Indian River Lagoon, Ft. Walton Beach, and Florida Bay. Gear types now being used include seines, trawls, experimental gillnets, and dropnets. The program was recently expanded to include fisheries-independent monitoring of adult fishes. In the adult program we will initially concentrate on estimating the abundance of striped mullet and red drum. Monitoring of adult populations in a way that is independent of recreational and commercial fishing interests will enhance our ability to predict changes in these populations. The fisheries-independent monitoring programs (juvenile and adult fishes) developed by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection will provide useful a priori and a posteriori information to local, state, and federal resource managers regarding fish and macro-invertebrate biodiversity. Within the Indian River Lagoon study area, Florida's Fisheries-Independent Monitoring Program has established a stratified-random sampling design and 19 nonrandom, fixed stations in the area between 28 degree 01' and 28 degree 36', excluding Mosquito Lagoon. In 1993, 76 species representing 37 families were recorded during spring and fall stratified-random sampling, and 95 species representing 40 families were recorded during fixed-station sampling.

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