Egg and larval DNA barcoding support Gulf reef fish stock assessments

Project Overview

Implementing Organization
University of South Florida

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

Reef fish stock management in the Gulf of Mexico requires rapid, complete and accurate stock assessments to inform quotas by all fishing sectors. Management of similar species in other regions uses daily egg production method (DEPM) data for reef fish assessments. The method is not widely employed in the US, in part because it relies on identification of planktonic fish eggs, which is costly and difficult. The project PIs recently developed a rapid and reliable DNA barcoding approach for identifying large numbers of individual fish eggs. This project will collect and barcode fish eggs to describe spawning locations for important fish species, and better define their Essential Fish Habitat.

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Project ID: 382
Project Name: Egg and larval DNA barcoding support Gulf reef fish stock assessments
SourceUID: flracep-2015-09
Latitude: 27.67
Longitude: -83.33
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: University of South Florida
Implementing Organization Type: Academic
Point of Contact – Name: Peebles, Ernst
Point of Contact – Phone:
Point of Contact – Email: 727-553-3983
Other Partners: None
Affiliated Institutions: None
Project Comments: Location is center of study area from La to S. FL
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): 129265
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 : 129265
DWH Source: Transocean
Fund Origin: Civil Settlement
Controlling Documents: The RESTORE Act
Award Year: 2015
Award Month: 10
Total Amount Leveraged: 0