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This site was developed with a grant from the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council, in compliance with the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (P .L. 104-208 as amended) and South Atlantic Fishery Management Council Statement of Organization, Practices and Procedures ( South Atlantic Fishery Management Council is responsible for the conservation and management of fish stocks within the federal 200 nautical mile limit off the coasts of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and east Florida to Key West.

The Strategic Environmental Assessments (SEA) Branch of NOAA National Ocean Service initiated the Estuarine Living Marine Resources (ELMR) System in the mid-1980's. Staff associated with the Florida Marine Research Institute (FMRI) within the Florida Department of Natural Resources (FDNR) initiated collaboration with NOAA to develop a more Florida-specific ELMR System

In the early 1990s, the FWC-FWRI created a decision support system (DSS) called the Florida Estuarine Living Marine Resources (FLELMR) System (Rubec et al. 1997). FLELMR was created as a source of synthesized information needed for fisheries management and for assessing potential impacts from oil spills and other perturbations. It contains information pertaining to life histories, reproduction, and habitat requirements for 90 species of marine fish and invertebrates found in Florida.

The purpose of this site is to provide the species life history information to flexibly fill the needs of different users. The system is designed to allow the input of updated SLH profiles as they become available. Output can be in the following formats: Rich Text Format (RTF), Plain Text (TXT), or Web-based (HTML).

More detailed information about this website can be found in our User's Manual

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