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FWRI Brochure

FWRI Brochure

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This brochure provides a brief history and overview of the FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWC).
This brochure provides a brief history and overview of the FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWC).

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Fish andWildlifeResearchInstitute
 At a glance
Freshwater sheries research began in
1946 when the then Florida Game andFresh Water Fish Commission hired the
state’s rst formally trained sheriesbiologist. Early research efforts focused onresolving conicts between commercial andrecreational shing interests, evaluating regulations and assessing the effectivenessof stocking ngerling largemouth bass.
Marine research entity established as asmall research outpost in 1955, with twostaff members studying Florida red tide.
Wildlife research began in the 1940s when
federal funding from the Pitman-Robertson
Act facilitated the state hiring additionalbiologists to work on wildlife restorationprojects and establish wildlife managementareas. Wildlife research entity developed in1964 with the combination of wildlife andwaterfowl research into a single researchfacility.
In 2004, the Florida Legislature approved anagency-wide reorganization of the FWC thatintegrated parts of the Division of Wildlife,
Division of Freshwater Fisheries and the
Florida Marine Research Institute to createthe Fish and Wildlife Research Institute.
More than half of FWRI’s 600-plus staff members work at the downtown St.
Petersburg headquarters. The other
employees operate out of eld laboratoriesand ofces at key inland and coastallocations throughout the state.
Current annual operating budget of nearly$50 million supports approximately 300research projects.
External grants provide more than one-third
of FWRI’s funding.
Mission statement
Through effective research and technicalknowledge, we provide timely information and guidance to protect, conserve, and manage
Florida’s sh and wildlife resources.
Visit us online at MyFWC.com/Research
Like us on Facebook atFacebook.com/FWCResearch
Follow us on Twitter at Twitter.com/MyFWCand Twitter.com/MyFWClife
View images of our research on Flickr atFlickr.com/MyFWC
Read and download our brochures on Scribdat Scribd.com/MyFWC
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On the Cover
Coral population data is collected as part of a
long-term monitoring effort to assess the health
and status of coral populations over time.
100 Eighth Avenue SESt. Petersburg, FL 33701-5020
(t) 727-896-8626 | (f) 727-823-0166
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Afrmative Action Employer and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.This agency does not allow discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age ordisability. If you believe you have been discriminated against in any program, activity or facilityof this agency, write to: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Ofce of HumanResources, 620 S Meridian Street, Tallahassee, FL 32399 Phone: 850-488-6411 or to: Civilrights Coordinator for Public Access, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Wildlife and Sport FishRestoration Program, 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Mail Stop: WSFR-4020, Arlington, VA 22203 Phone:

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