Fisheries & Avian Ecology Laboratory


David Kerstetter, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor 
Schure 105
(954) 262-3686


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Research Focus

 Fisheries science is the discipline of managing and understanding the harvesting of aquatic species, including finfish. It is a multidisciplinary field, which draws on aspects of oceanography, ecology, engineering, ichthyology, socio-economics, and management to provide an integrated picture of fisheries and their effects on the environment. Fisheries research at the Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography has historically focused on the commercially and recreationally important coastal and pelagic fishes, including billfish, tunas, and swordfish. More recently, the fisheries laboratory has engaged in alternative fishing gear outreach programs in Turkey, Morocco, and the Gulf of Mexico, in addition to expanding research on local seabird ecology and their interactions with Southeastern Florida fisheries.

Research Activities

  • Conservation gear engineering
  • Socio-economics of South Florida recreational fishing tournaments
  • Effects of anthropogenic contaminants in coastal pelagic fishes, and seabirds
  • Abundance and distribution of parasites in coastal pelagic fishes, mangrove fishes, and seabirds
  • Age and growth of tunas and mesopelagic fishes
  • Electronic tagging of tunas and swordfish
  • Trophic analyses of coastal pelagic fishes, mangrove fishes, and seabirds
  • Modeling and description of fisheries bycatch interactions

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"As human use of the oceans increases, the field of fisheries science becomes vital to the sustainability of harvested wild populations. The fisheries laboratory provides a resource for both the management agencies and the fishers themselves through a combination of biological research, gear conservation engineering, and outreach."

-David Kerstetter, Ph.D.