Marine Fish Life History and Ecology

Coastal Alabama has a rich nursery ground for young red snapper and other important marine fishes, unsurpassed by any other location in the Gulf of Mexico or South Atlantic. It also has a large, viable, healthy population of adult red snapper and other reef fishes that may surpass many other areas in the Gulf of Mexico. These healthy populations off Alabama may result from the extensive building of artificial habitats that has been carried out under the direction of the Marine Resources Division, Alabama Department of Conservation. How these artificial reefs actually work and their relations to red snapper production and production of other species is a main aspect of our research.

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Investigate the ecology, biology, and management of red snapper and apply information to the needs of recreational and commercial fishers throughout the Gulf of Mexico.

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Scientists in the Department of Fisheries and Allied Aquacultures are active in research concerning natural and artificial reef fisheries off coastal Alabama. They are studying several aspects of artificial reefs, including production and attraction of fishes to artificial reefs, species composition and complexity, fish movements, predation effects, food resources, nursery habitat values, and fish population estimates.

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Results from these studies of juvenile and adult red snapper and other reef fishes suggest that selective placement of artificial reefs, which attract young red snapper and move them from trawled areas, can increase survivorship and production and improve the catch of red snapper by recreational and commercial fishers in Alabama. Research results can also indicate possible alternative actions that may help reduce severe catch restrictions.

Principal Investigator

Wayne Brewer
Visiting Professor
301 Funchess Hall
Auburn Univ, AL 36849
334-844-5006
Vondraniece L. Johnson
TES Clerical
301 Poultry Science Building
Auburn, AL 36849
334-844-8271
Steven M. Gratz
203 Swingle Hall
Auburn, AL 36849
334-844-4786
David R. Brasher
TES Clerical
204 Extension Hall
Auburn Univ, AL 36849
334-844-4100
Lloyd D. Chapman
Regional Extension Agent III
P.O. Box 159
Belle Mina, AL 35615
256-262-2703
Troy M. Farmer
Postdoctoral Fellow
222 Swingle Hall
Auburn Univ, AL 36849
334-844-9305
Jaden K. Brown
Administrative Agriculture
107 Comer Hall
Auburn Univ, AL 36849
334-844-2345
Lillian Culp
Undergraduate Intern
217 Rouse Life Sciences Building
Auburn University, AL 36849
334-844-5015
William B. Head
Graduate Research Assistant
251 Upchurch Hall
Auburn Univ, AL 36849
334-844-4100
Colton T. Christjohn
Animal Sciences
210 Upchurch Hall
Auburn Univ, AL 36849
334-844-1521
Kristina M. Dattilo
TES General Labor
106 Greene Hall
Auburn Univ, AL 36849
334-844-4000
Phillip A. Gunter
Animal Sciences
210 Upchurch Hall
Auburn Univ, AL 36849
334-844-1521
Bill Abernethy
Vice President of Global Market Development at Prosensa Therapeutics
Erin M. Forte
Clinical Sciences
210 Upchurch Hall
Auburn Univ, AL 36849
334-844-1521
Christy D. Hicks
Regional Extension Agent I
302 A Byrne Street
Bay Minette, AL 36507
334-844-4022
Tracey L. Jeffery
TES Technician
203B Swingle Hall
Auburn Univ, AL 36849
334-844-4786
Dr. Covadonga R. Arias
Professor
327 CASIC
Auburn University, AL 36849
334-844-9215
Claude E. Boyd
Professor
131 Aquatic Resource Management Building
Auburn University, AL 36849
334-844-4075
Yolanda J. Brady
Associate Professor
209 Swingle Hall
Auburn University, AL 36849
334-844-9122
Dr. Stephen A. Bullard (Ash)
Associate Professor
324 Upchurch Hall
Auburn Univ, AL 36849
334-844-9278
Dr. Matt Catalano
Assistant Professor
217 Swingle Hall
Auburn University, AL 36849
334-844-7366
Dr. Jesse A. Chappell
Associate Professor Extension Specialist
125 Swingle Hall
Auburn Univ, AL 36849
334-844-9209
Bill Daniels
Acting Director of Global Programs, College of Agriculture; Associate Professor, School of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences; WAS President-Elect
Auburn University, AL 36849-5419
1-334-844-3212 (Global Programs)
1-334-844-9123 (SFAAS office)
1-334-844-9208 fax
Dr. Dennis DeVries
Professor
311 Swingle Hall
Auburn University, AL 36849
334-844-9322
Dr. Terrill R. Hanson (Terry)
Professor Extension Specialist
213 Swingle Hall
Auburn University, AL 36849
334-844-9207

Participating Institutions

Marine Resources Division, Alabama Department of Conservation