Welcome to the website of the Fisheries Ecosystem Modeling and Assessment Research (FEMAR) group at the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (RSMAS). We offer the necessary tools to fully understand coral reef ecosystems to support policy made by federal, state, and local entities with sound scientific investigations. Our Fishery Systems Science framework fully accounts for the dynamic range of cumulative stressors that affect spatial productivity and sustainability of reef fishes, and provides a wider range of management control options for achieving sustainability and optimizing socioeconomic value of the reef fishery.
In addition to fishery independent surveys, we collect targeted data to help fill in knowledge gaps for numerous marine species that we can then incorporate into various mathematical models. Learn more ...
The foundation of any meaningful quantitative analysis, modeling or assessment work is dependent on high quality data products. Learn more ...
From relatively simple statistical models to complex simulation and spatial models, FEMAR scientists and students are tirelessly working on mathematical formulations to understand and represent or marine ecosystem. High quality data products collected or assimilated by FEMAR are used construct a wide range of models designed to help understanding tarpon movements to assessing the status of reef fish.
Our goal is to provide managers with the best possible advice for the management of fisheries. In addition we want to help managers decide on what metrics they can use to monitor the efficacy of their decisions. For exaple, in the Dry Tortugas a no-take Marine Reserve was established in 2007. Our results show that this area has a great number and size of exploitable fish when compared to the rest of the Keys.