The Florida State University Coastal & Marine Lab Conservation Lecture Series
Where are the fish? Examining reef fish habitats and populations in the Gulf of Mexico
A Presentation by
Doug DeVries
The west Florida shelf (WFS) supports some of the most valuable reef fish fisheries in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. However, very little of this area has been mapped with enough resolution to accurately locate and quantify the bottom habitats these fisheries are tied to. That is why the Panama City NOAA Fisheries laboratory is examining the habitats and populations of economically important species such as red snapper, red grouper, gag, and vermilion snapper. In his presentation, Dr. DeVries will discuss the habitat mapping work and reef fish surveys, along with fish abundance information from many other sources. He will also address how the information is used to assess the population status and trends of the species. 

September 10th, 2015 at 7 pm

FSUCML Auditorium

Reception follows the presentation

Doug DeVries received his Ph.D from FSU in 2006. A former Naval officer, Dr. DeVries began working at the NOAA Fisheries lab in Panama City in 1987.   His research includes work on age and growth of larval and adult king and Spanish mackerel and spotted seatrout, surveying reef fish populations with video gear and traps, and mapping reef fish habitat with side scan and multibeam sonar.