Document Type



Master of Science (MS)


Environmental Studies

First Advisor's Name

Joel Heinen

First Advisor's Committee Title

Co-Committee Chair

Second Advisor's Name

Jennifer Rehage

Second Advisor's Committee Title

Co-Committee Chair

Third Advisor's Name

Qing Lai

Third Advisor's Committee Title

committee member


Local Ecological Knowledge, Bonefish, South Florida, Trend Analysis, Angler Surveys, Shifting Baselines, Fuzzy Logic

Date of Defense



Local ecological knowledge (LEK) is a useful method to capture environmental or resource changes when there is an absence of biological data. Since the bonefish fishery is data limited, this study aims to understand the trend of bonefish decline over the last 40 years using LEK and to assess whether varying fisher experience and fisher type would influence perception of bonefish decline. Semi-structured surveys and key informant interviews were conducted to collect LEK data. Along with perceiving an overall decline (p




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