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
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?”