Announced in 2016, RFP II focused on funding one Center of Excellence grant for a collaborative effort between researchers, managers, fishing stakeholders, and a non-profit that addressed RA discipline 5. The PMT refined the goal to prioritize activities contributing to marine fisheries management in order to complement RFP I and target limited program resources. The three RFP objectives are to:
A single Center of Excellence (SHELF) was chosen to conduct research with a potential for long-term funding to allow for iterative progress with independent science reviews occurring every three years to provide feedback and help steer future research.
Spawning Habitat & Early-Life Linkages to Fisheries (SHELF) 2016-2018
Co-Investigators: Dr. Steve Murawski, Dr. Chris Stallings & Dr. Mya Breitbart, University of South Florida; Dr. Kevin Boswell, Florida International University; Dr. James Locascio, Mote Marine Laboratory; Dr. David Chagaris, University of Florida
Breitbart, M., M. Kerr, M.J. Schram, I. Williams, G. Koziol, E. Peebles, C.D. Stallings, 2023. Evaluation of DNA metabarcoding for identifying fish eggs: a case study on the West Florida Shelf. PeerJ. DOI: 10.77/peerj.15016.
Vecchio, J.L. and E.B. Peebles, 2022, Lifetime-scale ontogenetic movement and diets of red grouper inferred using a combination of instantaneous and archival methods. Environmental Biology of Fishes. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10641-022-01210-2
Vecchio, J.L., J.L Ostroff, E.B. Peebles, 2021. Isotopic characterization of lifetime movement by two demersal fishes from the northeastern Gulf of Mexico. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 657: 161-172. https://doi.org/10.3354/meps13525
Nguyen, B.V.V., 2020. Investigation of Retention Versus Export of Planktonic Fish Eggs in the Northeastern Gulf of Mexico. M.S. thesis, University of South Florida.
Vecchio, J.L., E.B. Peebles, 2020. Spawning origins and ontogenetic movements for demersal fishes: An approach using eye-lens stable isotopes. Estuarine, Coastal, and Shelf Science, 246. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecss.2020.107047.