Brent L. Winner

Associate Research Scientist at Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

620 South Meridian Street, Tallahassee, Florida, United States
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
HQ Phone:
(850) 488-4676
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Last Updated 5/10/2017

General Information

Employment History

Marine Biologist  - Florida Marine Research Institute

Boat Captain  - FFWCC


bachelors' degree  - zoology , Iowa State University

masters' degree  - marine biology , University of North Carolina at Wilmington


Shark Technical Committee  - Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission

Web References  

Florida Keys Boating Magazine :: People More Dangerous to Sharks than Vice Versa

Brent Winner, a scientist at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's Fish
and Wildlife Research Institute, noted that people harvest an estimated 100 million sharks annually worldwide. Scientific data show that many shark populations have been dramatically reduced by almost 50 percent over the past 25 years," Winner said. "The pores detect the presence of electric fields produced by all living creatures in the sea," Winner said. "It is one of the few sharks that may inhabit fresh water," Winner said. "It sometimes ventures hundreds of miles inland via coastal river systems. "This is one of the more dangerous shark species, accounting for the third-highest number of attacks on humans," Winner added. Now, harvest is prohibited on more than 20 shark species in both state and federal waters," Winner said.

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Brent Winner | Shark-Con

Brent Winner
Brent Winner Brent L. Winner has been a fisheries scientist with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for over 25 years. He received his bachelors' degree in zoology from Iowa State University and his masters' degree in marine biology, specializing in sharks, from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. He's caught, studied, and published scientific papers on a variety of Florida fish species including red drum, snook, sheepshead, snapper/grouper species, and sharks and rays.

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Education | Saint Augustine Beach Police

"It's very important for people who visit Florida waters to be aware of their surroundings, understand the relative risks, and be educated on various shark issues such as behavior, biology and fisheries," says Brent Winner, scientist for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's (FWC) Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI).
In the over 400 million years that sharks and their ancestors have roamed Florida waters, their role in their environment has changed very little.

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