FSUCML in the News

Goliath grouper's comeback creates conflict

As the critically-endangered goliath grouper become more visible in Southwest Florida waters, fishermen are increasingly asking for the right to fish them again. Regulators, however, say science has not shown that the species can handle the fishing pressure. Data on the fish is weak; both their current and historical populations in the region are unknown. The extent of the population increase as well as the viability of a limited goliath fishery is currently under investigation by FSUCML faculty, Christopher Koenig and Felicia Coleman, in a new three year study.

Graduate student, Lisa Hollensead tags endangered sawfish in South Florida

For two years NOAA and FSU have teamed up on a sawfish abundance study that is slowly piecing together the mysterious lives of the first marine fish placed on the federal endangered species list. Among the researchers is FSUCML's grad student Lisa Hollensead, who uses the radio signals from tags placed on the sawfish to find and follow them around by kayak to learn more details about their habits in real time.

A Deeper Understanding

Emerald Coast Magazine recognizes the lab for its accomplishments in the past few years, largely thanks to director, Dr. Felicia Coleman. This article goes on to discuss some of the changes the lab has made, including hiring full-time faculty to work out of the lab and changing its name to better incorporate all elements of research conducted here.

Super Grouper

At a time when large fish are rapidly disappearing from the world's oceans, one giant is making a comeback in Florida. The Goliath Grouper was facing extinction when it became a protected species in 1990. Since then, the population has had a chance to recover. Changing Seas joins scientists in the field to learn more about the life history of these awe-inspiring fish.