Optimizing economic value and sustainability of Florida's recreational fisheries.
University of Miami
DWH Project Funding
Known Leveraged Funding
The U.S. Department of Treasury
The RESTORE Act Funds Bucket 5: Centers of Excellence Research Grant Program
Marine recreational fishing in Florida is a multibillion dollar enterprise, generating more in annual revenues than the entire Florida citrus industry. Hundreds of species are reported by fishers to state and federal databases; however, less than 10% of these species have up-to-date stock assessments and the true economic value (dollars and jobs) of these stocks and their associated fisheries is unknown. The goal of this study is to identify reliable biological and economic condition indicators for Florida recreational fisheries, which will inform and improve stock assessments. Stock status indicators will be used to implement an economic survey and improve estimates of the value of ecosystem goods and services of Florida Gulf coast recreational fisheries.
Location is center of study area off west coast of FL