Informing fishery-independent reef fish surveys through advanced survey techniques

Project Overview

Implementing Organization
Florida International University

DWH Project Funding


Known Leveraged Funding


Funding Organization

The U.S. Department of Treasury

Funding Program

The RESTORE Act Funds Bucket 5: Centers of Excellence Research Grant Program

Project Location: Florida

Funding Source: Transocean
Controlling Document: The RESTORE Act
Year Awarded: 2015

Project Details

Project Category

Project Actions

Environmental Research Monitoring and Observations

Targeted Resources

Fish / Fish Habitats

Project Description

Marine fisheries are the second most valuable economic engine in Florida behind tourism. Shelf reefs are critical fish habitat threatened by numerous stressors including the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. Baseline information at scales required for impact assessment is lacking. Advances in stock assessment models have led to an increased demand for reliable, inexpensive, non-extractive and non-destructive data collection techniques. This study will apply advanced technologies to improve the quality and scope of fishery-independent data used to parameterize reef fish stock assessment models. Cross-shelf robotic and acoustic surveys will address questions regarding differences in reef fish distribution and biomass, and habitat utilization around both artificial and natural reefs.

Project Contact

Project Partners


Affiliated Institutions

University of South Alabama

Project ID: 377
Project Name: Informing fishery-independent reef fish surveys through advanced survey techniques
SourceUID: flracep-2015-04
Latitude: 29.83
Longitude: -86.25
Country: United States of America
State or Province: Florida
County: Unknown
Project Category: Science
Project Action: Environmental Research
Additional Project Action(s): Monitoring and Observations
Additional Project Action(s):
Targeted Resource(s): Fish / Fish Habitats
Targeted Resource(s):
Targeted Resource(s):
Anticipated Project Completion Year: 2017
Implementing Organization: Florida International University
Implementing Organization Type: Academic
Point of Contact – Name: Boswell, Kevin
Point of Contact – Phone:
Point of Contact – Email: 305-919-4009
Other Partners: None
Affiliated Institutions: University of South Alabama
Project Comments: Location is center of study area
Acres Acquired: 0
Close Year: 0
Close Month: 0
Close day: 0
Purchase Type: None
Landowner: None
Landowner Type: None
Purpose: None
Public Access: None
Easement Holder Name : None
Easement Holder Type: None
Secondary Easement Holder 1: None
Secondary Easement Holder 2: None
Duration: None
Term: 0
Land Restoration Acreage: 0
Aquatic Restoration Acreage: 0
Restoration Mileage: 0
Restoration Feet: 0
Additional Acreage: None
Total Dollar Amount (from all funders): 290742
DWH Funder: The U.S. Department of Treasury
DWH Funder Type: Federal
DWH Funding Program: The RESTORE Act Funds Bucket 5: Centers of Excellence Research Grant Program
DWH Dollar Amount : 290742
DWH Source: Transocean
Fund Origin: Civil Settlement
Controlling Documents: The RESTORE Act
Award Year: 2015
Award Month: 10
Total Amount Leveraged: 0