Crevalle jack and other saltwater gamefish in the Everglades bring in more than $883 million in annual revenue to the state. Jack fish, as they are known colloquially, also play an important role in the environment. An apex predator, they help maintain balance in the food web.
“Ensuring their survival is critical to restoring a functional ecosystem that will thrive into the future,” Gervasi said.
Gervasi is conducting the research under the guidance of Jennifer Rehage, coastal ecologist in FIU’s Institute of Water and Environment. It is funded in part by the Everglades Foundation’s FIU ForEverglades Scholarship.