Fishes are vital to the Texas economy and culture. They are a valuable source of food, as well as providers of outdoor recreation. Sport fishing is an important economic driver for many communities in Texas, especially along the coast and near reservoirs where fishes generate income for tackle vendors, fishing guides and commercial fishermen. Fishes are also a critical component of the aquatic ecosystem and control populations of many pest insects including mosquitos and blackflies. Scientists use fishes to study how aquatic ecosystems function and evolve. The health of fish populations is a strong indicator of the actual and future health of everything that uses the water that fishes swim in, including humans. Knowing more about fishes is important for wise management of water, which is vital for all life on this planet.
The Fishes of Texas (FoTX) is a multifaceted project with the mission of making verifiable scientific information about Texas fishes available to the general public, scientists and wildlife managers. The project encompasses an exhibit, outreach activities, research, and, most importantly, a vast and growing database of specimens collected as much as 160 years ago and deposited in permanent museum collections, including our own and those of other universities, the federal government, and private museums.
Please visit our FoTX online database system for authoritative information on Texas fishes, as well as a large collection of illustrations and photographs of fishes. Please consider making a donation to support this project.