bonefish stock enhancement

Photo credit: J.Lewis (Bonefish Tarpon Trust)

Photo credit: J.Lewis (Bonefish Tarpon Trust)

Recent declines in Florida's Bonefish populations have elicited concerns among recreational anglers and resource managers. We are exploring stock enhancement methods to replenish depleted numbers in this incredibly important fishery. The initial phase of the project will be focused on inducing spawning from wild-caught bonefish and developing techniques for culture of offspring at FAU Harbor Branch's Aquaculture Park. Our group will be greatly involved in the latter phase of the project where cultured individuals are introduced to the field and performance and survival are evaluated among various habitat types. 

Collaborators: Dr. Paul Wills (FAU-HBOI; PI), Dr. Marty Riche (FAU-HBOI; Co-PI), Dr. Jon Shenker (FIT; Consultant), Dr. Aaron Adams (BTT)

Funding: National Fish and Wildlife Federation, Bonefish Tarpon Trust