Program Info

The FIM program samples multiple Florida estuaries each month with a stratified-random sampling design. Our goal is to assess fishery stocks but all collected nekton are identified to the lowest practical taxonomic level, and a subset of each taxa is measured. Along with each nekton collection (~10,000 net deployments annually) we record water quality (Temperature, Salinity, pH, Dissolved Oxygen) and habitat (Bottom Type, Submerged Aquatic Vegetation, and Shore Type) metrics, so we hit on several of the potential indicators. Among other collected data are information on age and growth, fish health, and mercury concentrations in edible fish tissues from subsamples of our catch.
nekton - Species, size, sex, numbers of fish and select macroinvertebrates caught, temperature (deg. C), dissolved oxygen (mg/L), salinity, pH, conductivity (uS/cm), habitat descriptors (type and quantity of submerged and shoreline vegetation, presence of seawalls or oyster beds), randomly measure and count species subset, type, amount, and ratio of bycatch, tissue samples, gut content analysis, latitude, longitude, weather, tide, secchi depth (m), depth
Included data from these queries: Combined Biology-Length Query: Pulls the biology number and length data together to give a total count per length for each taxa collected in each net set; Combined Biology Query: Pulls the biology number data together to give a total count for each taxa collected in each net set; Physical Data Query: Pulls together the desired data from tbl_corp_physical_master; Water Quality Query: Pulls together the desired data from tbl_corp_hydrolab;
GSMFC Number 215.pdf.
stratified-random sampling by habitat, seines (21.3 m and 183 m), otter trawls (6.1 m), visual surveys (Florida Keys) at fixed (1987-1996) and stratified-random (1989 to present) stations 0-8 m
Data Location
By Request from FWC Fisheries-Independent Monitoring Program director
Data Format
Can be delivered to requesting researchers in a variety of formats (Access, SAS, Text Delimited, XML, etc.)
SQL server database
Water Column
SEACAR Citation
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). (2022). Fisheries-Independent Monitoring (FIM) Program. Updated 05/07/2024. Distributed by: SEACAR Data Discovery Interface, Office of Resilience and Coastal Protection, Florida Department of Environmental Protection.
Alternative Citation

indicates priority attributes

Meagan Schrandt, PhD

Lead, Inshore Fisheries Independent Monitoring Program


Export Standardized Data

Habitat(s) : Indicator(s) Last Updated File Download
Water Column : Water Quality, Water Clarity 04/15/24 11:43 AM Download File - Discrete WQ - 69.txt
Water Column : Nekton 04/15/24 11:43 AM Download File - Nekton - 69.txt
DIP Document N/A Download File - DIP

Office of Resilience and Coastal Protection Managed Areas

Alligator Harbor, Apalachicola Bay, Apalachicola NERR, Banana River, Big Bend Seagrasses, Boca Ciega Bay, Cape Haze, Cockroach Bay, Coral ECA, Coupon Bight, Estero Bay, Florida Keys NMS, Fort Clinch, Fort Pickens, Gasparilla Sound-Charlotte Harbor, Guana River Marsh, Guana Tolomato Matanzas NERR, Indian River-Malabar to Vero Beach, Indian River-Vero Beach to Ft. Pierce, Jensen Beach to Jupiter Inlet, Lemon Bay, Lignumvitae Key, Loxahatchee River-Lake Worth Creek, Matlacha Pass, Mosquito Lagoon, Nassau River-St. Johns River Marshes, Nature Coast, North Fork St. Lucie, Pine Island Sound, Pinellas County, Rocky Bayou, Rookery Bay, Rookery Bay NERR, St. Andrews, St. Joseph Bay, St. Joseph Buffer, St. Martins Marsh, Terra Ceia, Tomoka Marsh, Yellow River Marsh


Water Column - Water Quality
Water Column - Water Clarity
Water Column - Nekton
Water Column - Additional Indicators

Documentation and Data provided by program

File Type File Name Added On Details
Data 05/05/23 10:15 AM View Details
Data FULL_(local) 04/06/22 03:19 PM View Details
Data 11/13/18 09:36 AM View Details
Logo FWC logo.png 07/15/21 01:06 PM View Details
Protocols FIM_Procedure_Manual_SRS.PDF 07/13/18 01:09 PM View Details
Protocols 04/06/22 03:19 PM View Details
Protocols metadata_sql_20180711.xlsx 02/19/19 11:55 AM View Details