Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program: Florida
Education, Research and Technical Assistance for Managing Our Natural Resources

Florida Project


Leveraging habitat suitability modeling to inform management of nonnative fishes in a changing climate

September 2021 - December 2023


Personnel

Participating Agencies

  • FWC, USFWS

Florida has more than 200 nonnative fishes that cause major ecological and societal consequences. In this project, we will predict survival, reproduction, recruitment, and dispersal of priority nonnative fishes in Florida over the next 50 years to develop science-driven approaches for managing these species. We will generate predictive distribution maps, decision support tools, and stakeholder engagement activities to help manage nonnative fishes and inform the public about fisheries conservation. This project will involve close collaboration with fisheries managers to ensure that research products are useful for preventing the introduction, slowing the spread, eradicating, and controlling nonnative fishes.