Florida Sea Grant is a university-based program that supports research, education and extension to conserve coastal resources and enhance economic opportunities for the people of Florida.
We tap into the research expertise of more than 800 coastal and ocean scientists at the state's 16 major universities and research laboratories. Florida Sea Grant is also an integral part of the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences at the University of Florida, one of the nation's leading Land Grant universities.
One focus area is the wise use of Florida's fisheries resources. Saltwater fishing in Florida generates $6 billion in economic impact and supports tens of thousands of jobs. However, sustainable fisheries rely upon educated anglers and effective management. Recreational fishermen often release fish that they do not want to keep, or that they can not keep due to fishing regulations.
Discard mortality is a major issue, diminishing the effectiveness of protective measures. Many problems tied to fish releases can be avoided using special tackle and techniques, but fishermen have to know how and when to use them.
The intent of Florida Sea Grant's fisheries extension program is to reduce discard mortality of fish that are caught and released. Florida Sea Grant provides research and information to help recreational fishermen learn sustainable fishing practices.