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Panama City Lab
3500 Delwood Beach Road
Panama City, FL 32408
The Panama City, Florida Laboratory is operated by the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Marine Fisheries Service, Southeast Fisheries Science Center. The National Marine Fisheries Service's mission is stewardship of the nation's living marine resources for the benefit of the nation.
The Panama City Lab performs research relevant to the formulation of rational plans to manage the marine fishery resources of the U.S. South Atlantic, Caribbean, and Gulf of Mexico. Our current research program encompasses a spectrum of projects including
- basic fishery biology
- routine monitoring and data collection
- habitat mapping
Fisheries of primary interest are
- reef fishes
Habitat research addresses
- coral and rocky reefs
- shallow continental shelf waters
by Dana M. Bethea
Monitoring Juvenile Smalltooth Sawfish Abundance
The cooperative acoustic tagging project between Florida State University’s Coastal and Marine Laboratory and NOAA Fisheries Service is off to an excellent start in 2011. Researchers on the Smalltooth Sawfish Abundance Survey have captured and tagged 5 neonate and 14 small juvenile animals this year in the Ten Thousand Islands Backcountry Region. As of July 1, there were 9 juvenile smalltooth sawfish tagged with acoustic tags swimming throughout the 32 station acoustic array in Everglades National Park.
If you see or encounter a smalltooth sawfish, please contact the National Sawfish Encounter Database at (352) 392-2360. Be prepared to give the date, time, and location of the encounter. Input and cooperation from the general public is greatly valued.
This research follows permits EVER-2011-SCI-0010 and ESA-13330 and is funded through the NOAA Fisheries Service Southeast Regional Office in St. Petersburg, FL.
|NOAA Launches Online Library for Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Information
NOAA launches a web archive of the maps, wildlife reports, scientific reports, and other previously released public information used by emergency responders, fishermen, mariners, and local officials during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
Labs of the SEFSC
How Do I...?
- Distinguish a white marlin from a spearfish
- How do I report a stranded/ beached whale, dolphin, or turtle?
- How do I report a lionfish sighting?
- Access SouthEast Data, Assessment, and Review (SEDAR)
- How do I report for my fishing/dealer permit requirements?
- How do I report a retrieved tag?
- How do I find current fishery closures?
- How do I adopt a billfish?
- How do I register my billfish tournament?
- How do I apply for a permit?
- Visit the SEFSC library
- How do I find NOAA staff?
- How do I apply for grant funding?
- How do I request permission to use a photo found on the website?
- How do I find It? Provide Website Feedback