Marine Resource Management

Commercial fisheries and saltwater recreational angling are important components of the Florida economy and to the economies of the coastal communities in which these industries are located.

Effective marine resource management helps ensure these industries continue to be important economic drivers. However, marine resource management is a complex process. Federal and state managers strive to develop effective management plans that will provide for long-term, sustainable utilization of Florida’s marine fisheries by both recreational and commercial users.

Key agencies involved in this process include the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council, the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council, the Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Many of the issues facing resource managers concern the economic implications of alternative management strategies. Thus, applied research and extension outreach by FRED play a key role in helping managers better understand how to enhance the social and economic benefits resulting from management, and provide all users with an appreciation of the importance and need for effective marine resource management.


Awareness, Knowledge and Perceptions of Barotrauma and Marotrauma Mitigation: A Survey of Florida Anglers (Download PDF)

Adams, C. Economic Characteristics of the Commercial and Recreational Sectors. In, The Flounder Fishery of the Gulf of Mexico: A Fishery Profile. Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission. Ocean Springs, MS. (notice of publication appeared on-line 4 Jan 16).

Cruz, R., C.M. Adams, S.D.S. Neves, Z. Soniamar and J.V.M. Santana. Preliminary Description and Management Suggestions for the Brazilian Spiny Lobster Fishery. Journal Arquivos de Ciencas do Mar (Brazil).

Thompson, B.C., W.F. Porak, K.I. Bonvechio, B.L. Barthel, M.S. Allen and C.M. Adams. Economic and Conservation Impacts of Stocking Wild Florida Bass into Large Florida Lakes. North American Journal of Fisheries Management.

Eero, M., Strehlow, H.V., Adams, C.M., & Vinther, M. (2014). Does recreational catch impact the TAC for commercial fisheries? ICES Journal of Marine Sciences [online] [doi:10.1093/icesjms/fsu121]