University of Florida (UF) Teams up with Snook and Gamefish Foundation to study fishing in Sarasota Bay and Charlotte Harbor

Submitted by Brett Fitzgerald on June, Jun 21, 2014


Angler Action to partner in new science and policy initiative.

University of Florida, Professor Kai Lorenzen provided the following information: Anglers who fish Sarasota Bay and Charlotte Harbor are encouraged to participate in a new study. 

Logging your fishing trips in will help build needed data. 

Anglers may be asked to participate in additional surveys about your fishing activities. More info will be added continually to the web page noted at the end of this report.


The University of Florida is partnering with Mote Marine Laboratory, the Angler Action Program, the Snook and Gamefish Foundation, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute and others in an exciting new science and policy initiative. Our aim is to test how stakeholders and scientists can work together to improve the information base for fisheries and fish habitat

management at local and state level.

Specific objectives include:

  •   Development of fisheries modeling and visualization tools that can support geographically-based management of fisheries and fish habitat
  •   Development of methods for utilizing new sources of fisheries data, including angler trip data logged with the Angler Action Program
  •   Testing whether locally focused, participatory research and planning initiatives can improve the information base and promote better managementof fisheries and fish habitat.

The initiative involves two pilot study areas, Sarasota Bay and Charlotte Harbor. It is likely to be extended to other locations if results from the pilot studies are promising.

For more information about this initiative, please visit:

Record your catch for every fishing trip: