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- Reef Fish Survey
- Marine Protected
- Observer Programs
- Protected Species
Some of the Fisheries Biology Staff
Research Fishery Biologist
M.S. - 1999, Florida State University, Biology
B.S. - 1990, University of West Florida, Biology
Age and growth of reef fish and tuna and the influence of fishing and environmental
factors on life history parameters.
Contact Robert Allman
Contact Pam Colson
M.S. – 2003, Clemson University, Fisheries Biology
B.S. – 2001, Savannah State University, Marine Biology
Histology, analyzing thinly sectioned tissue from the gonads of snapper, grouper and large pelagic species to determine maturity, spawning duration and season. Previous research involved working with endangered and threatened species of sturgeon in the southeastern United States.
Provide touch tank exhibits, beach seines and lab tours to Bay county K-12
students to explain the importance of environmental stewardship of the diverse
fishes and invertebrates inhabiting St. Andrews Bay.
Contact Michelle Duncan
Gary Fitzhugh, Ph.D.
Research Fishery Biologist
Ph.D..- 1993, North Carolina State University, Zoology
M.S.. - 1982, Louisiana State University, Zoology
B.S.. - 1979, Illinois State University, Biology
Fishery Science, biology and life history of reef and coastal pelagic fishes.
Contact Gary Fitzhugh
B.S. - 2010, University of New England, Marine Biology and Environmental Science
Use of acoustic telemetry to track spatial and temporal movement of fishes; Physiological ecology; Catch and bycatch in commercial fisheries; Diet and foraging ecology, including predator-prey relationships; Life history theory, especially reproduction and age and growth modeling.
Contact Laura Goetz
MS - 2010, University of Southern Mississippi, Coastal Sciences
BS - 2007, Texas A&M University, Marine Biology
Main research interests include life history (in particular reproduction)
of fishes. Currently reworking how reproduction is viewed in fisheries
management and what effects that may have on how we view the life history
of the animal. In addition, how different reproductive strategies may influence
juvenile recruitment. Lately these ideas apply to red snapper, triggerfish,
Contact Erik Lang
Research Fisheries Biologist
Ph.D. 2013, University of Florida, School for
Forestry and Natural Resources, Fisheries
M.S. – 2001, University of Mississippi, Biological Sciences
B.S. – 1996, University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Marine Biology
Ecology and life history of fishes; Quantitative fisheries.
Contact Linda Lombardi
B.S. - 2012, Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, Marine Science and Biology
Age and growth of commercially important fish species, specifically bluefin tuna, gray triggerfish, and greater amberjack. Analyzing population structure of red snapper and other reef fish species using their otoliths as natural tags.
Contact Ashley Pacicco
MS - University of West Florida 1980-84 Biology
(Coastal Zone Studies)
BS - University of Massachusetts 1977-79 Fisheries Biology
Reducing by-catch mortality especially in reef fish suffering from Barotruama by working collaboratively with fishers, researchers, and fishery managers. Marine and Fisheries Biology education and outreach programs.
Contact Stephen Theberge
Contact Bill Walling
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- 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?
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