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Early Life History
Why larval fish?
Most species produce large numbers of eggs and larvae that spend days, weeks, months, or even years at sea drifting with currents. Eventually the larvae settle into nursery areas and enter the juvenile stage. Juveniles mature into adults and reproduce to continue the life cycle of fishes.
The entire life cycle process is very dynamic and complex with various factors influencing each stage of development.
We study the ecology and the influence of oceanographic processes on the early life history of fishes.
Research Projects in Early Life History
Current Projects (updated 5 Sept 2014)
- Bluefin Tuna and HMS (Highly Migratory Species) Larval Monitoring in the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean
- Larval bluefin tuna index (Overview)
- Habitat Mapping
- Egg distribution
- Larval age and growth
- International Collaborations (Mexico, Spain)
- Understanding effects of oil on ecosystems
- Identifying affected regions
- Applying Bio-physical Monitoring and Capacity Assessments to Mesoamerican Reef Marine Protected Areas
- Recruitment of coral reef fishes
- Lionfish work: Density, connectivity and recruitment in Mexican Caribbean Marine Protected Areas; growth/aging
- US Virgin Islands Larval Distribution and Supply Study – CRCP funded
- Meso-American to Florida Keys Coral Reefs Ecosystem Connectivity – CRCP funded
- Monitoring Juvenile Reef Fish in Marine Protected Areas
- The effect of the Florida Current on the dispersal of larval fish at 27N latitude
- Juvenile Reef Fish Acoustic Tagging and Telemetry –CRCP funded
- Seasonal and Spatial Ichthyoplankton Assemblages in Kuwait Waters (PDF)
- Young Fish, Healthy Reefs: Applying Ecosystem Level Research to Coral Reef Habitat Protection and Management (PDF)
- Coral Reef Fishes' Juvenile Habitats and Marine Protected Areas (MPA): Monitoring Migration Patterns
- NOAA Line Offices & Laboratories
- National Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA)
- Atlantic and Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory (AOML)
- Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR)
- NOAA SEFSC – Pascagoula Lab
- NOAA SEFSC – Miami Lab, Stock Assessment Division; Fisheries Statistics Division
- U.S. Universities
- Duke University – Marine Geospatial Ecology Tools
- University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (RSMAS) & the Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Science (CIMAS)
- University of South Carolina
- University of Southern Mississippi
- ROFFS Ocean Fishing Forecasting Service
- International Laboratories & Universities
- Comision Nacional de Areas Naturales Protegidas (CONANP) – Mexico
- El Colegio de la Frontera Sur (ECOSUR) - Mexico
- Instituto Nacional de Pesca (INAPESCA) - Mexico
- Instituto Español de Oceanografía (IEO) - Spain
- National Marine Fisheries Research Institute, Plankton Sorting and Identification Center (NMFRI) – Poland
- Florida Fish and Wildlife (FWC)
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