Marine Stock Enhancement Program
|Kenneth M. Leber, Ph.D.
Senior Scientist, Program Manager
|The Marine Stock Enhancement Program focuses on developing and testing responsible stock enhancement technology and protocols to help restore depleted populations, augment fishery yields and advance basic knowledge about wild stocks. The Program focuses on developing optimal stocking strategies — based on factors such as fish size, release habitat, timing of releases, magnitude of releases, acclimation measures — and strategies for using conservation hatcheries to help with conservation and restoration of endangered species, such as those found in coral reef communities.|
The rapid rise in the human population in Florida and the rest of the world is coupled with a limit reached in 1990 on growth of the worldwide annual fishery catch. This is expected to cause a deficit by 2025 of some 60-million metric tons of seafood needed to meet per-capita fish and shellfish consumption.
A key partner in our stock enhancement research is the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI), which manages Florida’s marine stock enhancement program. This unique partnership has enabled a team effort in developing, testing and evaluating the effectiveness of stock enhancement as a fishery management tool in Florida. The researchers and fishery managers working together in this partnership are providing the scientific information needed to enable a responsible, adaptive-management approach in conducting and refining stock enhancement in Florida.
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Mote Marine Laboratory has been a leader in marine research since it was founded in 1955. Today, we incorporate public outreach as a key part of our mission. Mote is an independent nonprofit organization and has seven centers for marine research, the public Mote Aquarium and an Education Division specializing in public programs for all ages.