Dr. William (Bill) Lindberg with UF’s Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences has kindly accepted an invitation to present at the first club meeting in 2015. In 1990, Dr. Lindberg established the Suwannee Regional Reef Program (SRRP), a nationally recognized experimental system for the study of ecological processes affecting exploited species on the shallow continental shelf. His group has been using experimental reefs to study the effects of habitat quality, fish behavior, and fishing pressure on grouper populations since 1992. This led to the Steinhatchee Fisheries Management Area (SFMA), a large-scale and long-term research and demonstration project on the enhancement of essential fish habitat for juvenile grouper in the northeastern Gulf of Mexico.
Bill has some fascinating video on gag grouper natural history and behavior and will also update us on the latest stock assessment for grouper in the Gulf of Mexico. He also will talk about what’s been learned from the SRRP and SFMA projects.
If you want to learn more about one of our favorite species, this is the meeting to attend!
Also, Allen Turner will be calibrating scales for use in the 2015 Ellet Contest, so please bring any hand scales you’d like calibrated for the new year