In 2018 over a period of five months researchers from National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Southeast Fisheries Science Center (SEFSC) conducted a study with fishermen and local business owners who participate in the South Florida Yellowtail snapper fishery. Fishermen were asked about changes in their targeting strategies over the last several decades; and they perceive these changes to have altered the health and the biology of the snapper species. The changes are perceived as partially responsible for improving both the overall abundance of Yellowtail and having sped up its the growth and reproductive cycles. This is a case where people with TEK potentially have made measurable improvements to an ecological system.

Yellowtail Figure 1 Map of South Florida.docx (390 kB)
Map of Dealer Landings in South Florida

Yellowtail Table 1 Fishermen Consensus.docx (12 kB)
Fishermen's Consensus