Conserving Wild Fish
Our red drum program starts with unlocking the critical habitats for migration and breeding. Subadults and adults will be tagged with external tags and acoustic tags so that their movements can be monitored on our 15 receiver array that covers 33 miles of the inshore St. Augustine coast, along with over 1,000 receivers along the Atlantic seaboard as part of the FACT array. This acoustic array is complemented by a broad UF initiative called iCoast which has deployed devices that simultaneously measure water quality parameters such as chlorophyll levels, E. coli, nitrogen, temperature, and salinity. A subset of adults will be actively tracked.
We are also pioneering new ways to more accurately monitor the behavior of wild fish by collaborating with engineers at UF to develop special accelerometry tags and Artificial Intelligence methods. This marriage of technology, physiology and biogeochemistry will make it possible for the first time to document long-term effects of how marine fish react to anthropogenic habitat change, climate induced mangrove migration into salt marshes and other large scale disturbance effects on biota, sediment and nutrient fluxes.
Fish Migration, Conservation and Restoration