Best Professional Paper


Best (Tie):

Sarah Burnsed (FWC). I get knocked down, but I get up again. Population resilience at a spotted seatrout spawning aggregation site following a severe red tide bloom.

Sara Rios (FWC). A preliminary assessment of Hurricane Ian’s impact on fish communities in two tidal rivers of the Charlotte Harbor Estuary.

Honorable Mention: Emily Dean (Cherokee Nation System Solutions). Functional traits reveal habitat use of non-native river fishes in the United States: Information to support monitoring and modelling of species invasions in the Coastal Plains.





Best: Rachel Grey (FWC).  Kissimmee River Fish Study-Largemouth Bass Telemetry

Honorable Mention: Melissa Garnett (FWC)- Ten Years in Review: Out of Season Spawning Technique of Florida Largemouth Bass


Best: Hunter Hatcher (FWC), A. Strickland, and S. Bisping. Preserving a State Record Fish.

Honorable Mention: Stephen Jones (FWC), B. Thompson, and D. Nelson. Estimating the population change from vegetation expansion at Lake Griffin, FL.


Best: Ed Camp (UF) and B.T. van Poorten. Buffet-style management: increasing satisfaction and participation of diverse anglers.

Runner-up: Wes Porak. Cooperative science with stakeholders and subject matter experts.


Best (tie): Angela Collins (Florida Sea Grant) and R. McBride. Here today, Hog tomorrow: An overview of hogfish research and management in Florida.

Best (tie): Eric Nagid (FWC), T. Tuten, and K. Johnson. Effects of reservoir drawdowns and the expansion of hydrilla coverage on year-class strength of Largemouth Bass.


Best: Steve Crawford (FWC/FWRI). Reflections of an old fish head.


Best: Nick Trippel (FWC/FWRI), J. Hargrove, W. Porak, M. Badolato, J. Skaggs, and M. Allen. Impacts of angling for nesting Florida Bass, Micropterus floridanus, on nest success and recruitment

Runner-up: Jeff Hill (UF, Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory), L. L. Lawson, Jr., and S. Hardin. Assessment of Risks of Transgenic Fluorescent Ornamental Fishes to the United States Using the Fish Invasiveness Screening Kit (FISK)


Best: Angela Collins (FWC/FWRI), L. Barbieri, and P. Motta. One fish, two fish, where’s that huge fish? Long-term tracking of goliath grouper after catch and release

Runner-up: Kerry Flaherty (FWC/FWRI), T. Switzer, B. Winner, S. Keenan, and A. Tyler-Jedlund. Improving indices of abundance for gray snapper in eastern Gulf of Mexico estuaries: results from four years of habitat-based sampling of polyhaline seagrass beds


Best: Phil Stevens (FWC), and G. Poulakis. Juvenile fish use of specific locations within the environmental gradients of coastal rivers

Runner-ups: Chris Bradshaw (FWC), and B. Sauls. Automated Video Assessment of Recreational Discards

Ryan Rindone (Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council), G.T. Kellison, and S.A. Bortone. The Search for Juvenile Red Snapper Lutjanus campechanus in Southeastern US Atlantic Waters


Best: Kim Bonvechio (Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission), T.F.. Bonvechio, and R.L. Cailteux. Proposed standard weight (Ws) equation and standard length categories for Suwannee Bass Micropterus notius.

Honorable Mention: Chris Bradshaw (Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission), and B. Sauls. Keeping track of what you toss: The fate of for-hire discards.


Best: Angela Collins (Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, St. Petersburg). Goliath Grouper in the Gulf: A Goliath survey of reefs and wrecks off Florida’s central west coast.

Honorable Mention: Jessica Carroll (Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, St. Petersburg). Carroll, J., and S. Lowerre-Barbieri. Assessing Sex Specific Growth and Mortality in Spotted Seatrout, Cynoscion nebulosus, in Tampa Bay Florida.


Garreau, C. and D. Scheidt. Watercraft use patterns in the federally managed portions of Mosquito Lagoon, east-central Florida

Runner Ups:

Vecchio, J. and T. Switzer, T. Say Cheese! A pilot study to assess the use of stationary video camera arrays in monitoring reef-associated fish assemblages

Flaherty, K.E., B.L. Winner, T.S. Switzer. Catch and release mortality estimates for red drum in Tampa Bay, FL


Collins, A. B. and R. S. McBride. The Hogfish Cooperative Research Project: Science with Spearfishers


Allen, M. S., M. W. Rogers, R. A. Myers, and M. W. Bivin. Simulated Impacts of Tournament-Associated Mortality on Largemouth Bass Fisheries


Population connectivity in Gulf of Mexico red snapper inferred from otolith elemental signatures, Will Patterson, J.H. Cowan, Jr., C.A. Wilson, and Z. Chen


Diet of the nonindigenous Asian swamp eel Monopterus albus (Synbranchidae) in tropical ornamental aquaculture ponds in west central Florida, Jeff Hill and C.A. Watson

The Battle of Atlanta: control and containment options for a (relatively) northern population of Asian swamp eels, Tom Reinert, C.A. Straight, and B.J. Freeman


Population Viability of Suwannee River Gulf Sturgeon: Inferences from Capture-Recapture and Age-Structured Models, by Pine, W. E., III and M. S. Allen.


Ichthyofaunal survey of the St. Lucie estuary and effects of freshwater inflow: Too much of a good thing?, by Winner, B. L., T. S. Switzer, J. Whittington, and N. Dunham.

An overview of changes in data and techniques used to prepare stock assessments for Florida’s marine resources by Mike Murphy
Runner Up: Managing largemouth bass fisheries with length limits in Florida by Wes Porak

Investigation of non-lethal methods for aging subadult and adult red drum in Florida by Derek Tremain

Jennica Lowell, Ruth Francis-Floyd, Darryl Parkyn, and Robert Bakal for their talk titled “The safety of some commonly used therapeutic chemicals on shortnose sturgeon eggs and juveniles”, and Chris Powell, Kathryn Tisdel, and Luiz Barbieri for their paper titled “A Comparison of Methods Used in Processing Otoliths from Florida Pompano (Trachinotus carolinus)”.


None presented due to joint meeting with the Southern Division


Bruce Cooper and Wayne Bennett, “Culture of Neotropical Pacu, Colossoma bidden, in Florida and its Potential for Exotic Introduction.”

Honorable Mention: Mike Allen and William Pine, “Can Fishery Managers Detect Fish-Population Responses to a Minimum Length Limit?”