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F Frequency
F-SERT Forward-State Emergency Response Team
FA Fatty Acid
FA Fluctuating Asymmetry
FAA Fatty Acid Analysis
FAA Federal Aviation Administration
FAB Fair, Ambitious, and Binding (with reference to global climate)
FAC Fisheries Advisory Council (USVI)
FAC Fluorescent Aromatic Compound
FAC Florida Administrative Code
FAC Federal Advisory Committee
FACE Free-Air CO2 Enrichment
FACE Florida Area Coastal Environment
FACE Free Atmosphere Carbon Exchange
FACET Fish, Algae and Coral Ecology Team
FACT Florida Atlantic Coast Telemetry
FAD Fish Aggregation Device
FAD Flavin Adenine Dinucleotide
FADs Fish Aggregating Devices
FAG Fish Aggregation Device
FALN Focus Areas Local Navigators
FAME Fisheries Assessment, Monitoring and Ecology (SEFSC/NOAA)
FAME Fatty Acid Methyl Esters
FAMRACC Forest and Marine Reserves Association of Caye Caulker (Belize)
FANOCCLET Far North Cebu Coastal Law Enforcement Team
FAO Food and Agriculture Organization (UN)
FAQ Frequently Asked Questions
FAR First Assessment Report
FAR Federal Acquisition Regulation
FAR Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Node (NBII)
FAS Floridan Aquifer System
FAS Freely Associated States (Republic of Palau, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia)
FASINEX Frontal Air-Sea Interaction Experiment
FAST Faculty of Aquatic Science and Technology (Tanzania)
FATE Fisheries and the Environment (NOAA)
FAU Florida Atlantic University
FB Fishery Bulletin
FBAY Fagatele Bay
FBC Fundacion Bucea Colombia
FBCI Florida Bird Conservation Initiative
FBNMS Fagatele Bay National Marine Sanctuary
FBSAB Fisheries Biology and Stock Assessment Branch
FBSAD Fishery Biology and Stock Assessment Division (NMFS/NOAA)
FCCC Framework Convention on Climate Change (United Nations)
FCCPBI Fisherpersons and Concerned Citizens for the Protection of Beef Island (BVI)
FCDR Fundamental Climate Data Record (NOAA)
FCMA Fishery Conservation and Management Act
FCMZ Fisheries Conservation and Management Zone
FCO Foreign & Commonwealth Office
FCP Fisheries Catch Potential
FCP Forest Conservation Plan
FCREPA Florida Committee on Rare and Endangered Plants and Animals
FCRT Florida Coral Reef Tract
FCS Fisheries Cooperative Societies
FCURR Current Fishing Mortality Rate
FCZ Fishery Conservation Zone
FDA U.S. Food and Drug Administration
FDACS Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
FDCC Fisheries Data Coordinating Committee
FDEP Florida Department of Environmental Protection
FDEP-CRCP Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Coral Reef Conservation Program
FDIs Foreign Direct Investments
FDM Farallon de Medinilla (CNMI)
FDOT Florida Department of Transportation
FDOU Fishing, Diving, and Other Uses (SEFCRI)
FEAM Fishery Economic Assessment Model
FeAX Open-Ocean Iron Addition Experiment
FEB Flow Equalization Basin
FEC Federal Electronics Challenge
FECP Flats Ecology and Conservation Program (CEI)
FED Fisheries Ecology Division (NOAA SWFSC)
FEIS Final Environmental Impact Statement
FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency
FEMAT Federal Ecosystem Management Assessment Team
FeMO Fe-Oxidizing Microbial Observatory; Iron Microbial Observatory
FEMP Federal Energy Management Program
FeOB Iron Oxidizing Bacteria
FEOW Freshwater Ecoregions of the World
FEP Fishery Ecosystem Plan
FERC Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
FEWS NET Famine Early Warning Systems Network
FFA Free Fatty Acid
FFA Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency
FFC Forum Fisheries Committee
FFDI Forest Fire Danger Index
FFEM Fonds Français pour l'Environnement Mondial (French Fund for the Global Environment)
FFI Flora and Fauna International
FFO Federal Funding Opportunity
FFS French Frigate Shoals
FFWCC Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
FGB Flower Garden Banks
FGBMSPT Flower Garden Banks Marine Spatial Planning Tool
FGBNMS Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary (NOAA)
FGDC Federal Geographic Data Committee
FGEF French Global Environment Facility
FGS Full Genome Sequencing
FIA Flow injection analysis
FIB Fundacion Islas de la Bahia (Bay Islands Foundation)(Honduras)
FIB Fecal indicator bacteria
FIBA Fondation Internationale du Banc d'Arguin
FIBI Fish Index of Biological Integrity
FIC Future Impervious Cover
FIDES Fisheries Data Exchange System (EC)
FIDI Fishery Information, Data and Statistics Service (FAO)
FIDS Forest Interior Dwelling Species
FIGIS Fisheries Global Information System (FAO)
FIM Fisheries Independent Monitoring Program (FWC)
FIMC Fisheries Information Management Committee (NOAA)
FIME Fiji Islands Marine Ecoregion
FIO Florida Institute of Oceanography
FIP Fisheries Improvement Project (Jamaica)
FIPS Federal Information Processing Standards
FIRM Flood Insurance Rate Map
FIRMS Fisheries Resources Monitoring System (FAO)
FIS Fisheries Information System (NOAA/NMFS)
FIS Flood Insurance Study
FIS Fishery Science Committee (PICES)
FISC Florida Integrated Science Center
FISH Fluorescence in situ Hybridization
FISH Fisheries improved for Sustainable Harvest (Philippines)
FISH-BOL Fish Barcode of Life
FISHERR Financial Initiative for Sustainable Human Resource Regeneration
FIT Florida Institute of Technology
FIU Florida International University
FKCC Florida Keys Community College
FKERTF Florida Keys Environmental Restoration Trust Fund
FKEYS-HYCOM The Florida Keys Hybrid Coordinate Ocean Model (RSMAS)
FKNMS Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary (NOAA)
FKNMS Act Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary and Protection Act
FKNMS CRMP Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Coral Reef Monitoring Program
FKNMS SGMP Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Seagrass Monitoring Program
FL Fork Length
FLAG FOIA Litigation for Accountable Government
FLASH Fisheries Local Action Strategy (Hawaii)
FLBAY Florida bay
FLCOOS Florida Coastal Ocean Observing Systems
FLEP Fraction of Lifetime Egg Production
FLIM Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging Microscopy
FLIP Fluorescence Loss In Photobleaching
FLMMA Fiji Locally Managed Marine Area
FLO Fisheries Liaison Office (NOAA)
FLoSee Florida Shelf Edge Exploration
FLUCCS Florida Land Use and Cover Classification System
FM Frequency Modulation
FMA Fisheries Management Act 1994 (Australia)
FMA Fisheries Management Area
FMAC Fisheries Management Advisory Committee
FMAP Future of Marine Animal Populations
FMAS Florida Marine Aquarium Society
FMB Fisheries Monitoring Branch
FMC Fisheries Management Council
FMCW Frequency-Modulated Continuous Wave
FMEP Fishery Management and Evaluation Plan (NOAA/NMFS)
FMN Flavin Mononucleotide
FMO Flavoprotein Monooxygenase
FMO Flavin-Containing Monooxygenase
FMP Fisheries Management Program
FMP Fishery Management Plan
FMRI Florida Marine Research Institute
FMSD Fisheries Monitoring and Socioeconomics Division (NOAA/PIFSC)
FMSEA Florida Marine Science Educators Association
FMSED Fisheries Monitoring and Socioeconomics Division (NOAA/PIFSC)
FMU Fishery Management Unit
FN Federal Navigators
FNAI Florida Natural Areas Inventory
FNCCRMC Far North Cebu Coastal Resource Management Council
FNMOC Fleet Numerical Meteorology and Oceanography Center
FNRAWTP Fajardo Northeast Regional Aqueduct Water Treatment Plant
FO Fish Only (marine aquarist term)
FOAM Forecasting Ocean Assimilation Model
FOARAM Federal Ocean Acidification Research and Monitoring
FOARAM Act Federal Ocean Acidification Research and Monitoring Act of 2009
FOC Flags of Convenience
FOCC Friends of Christmas Cove
FOCE Free-Ocean Carbon Dioxide Enrichment Experiment
FOCE Free-Ocean CO2 Experiment
FOCI Fisheries-Oceanography Coordinated Investigations (NOAA)
FOCUS Forests, Ocean, Climate – and Us
FoE Friends of the Earth
FOE Friends of the Environment (Bahamas)
FoEME Friends of the Earth Middle East
FOIA Freedom of Information Act
FoN Friends of Nature
FoN Friends of the Nation (Ghana)
FONDEN Fondo de Desastres Naturales
FONSI Finding of No Significant Impact
FoProBIM Fondation pour la Protection de la Biodiversité Marine (Haiti)
FORCE Future of Reefs in a Changing Environment (EU)
FOSC Federal On-Scene Coordinator
FOUO For Official Use Only
Four D (4D) Four Dimensional
FOV Field of View
FOWLR Fish Only With Live Rock (marine aquarist term)
FP Fish Poop
FP Fluorescent Protein
FPKB Foundation to Preserve Klein Bonaire
FPOM Fine Particulate Organic Matter
FPS Florida Park Service (FDEP)
FR Forest Reserve
FR Federal Register
FR Forereef
FRA Fisheries Replenishment Area
FRAP Fluorescence Recovery After Photobleaching
FRET Fluorescence Resonance Energy Transfer
FRF Fractional Release Factor
FRF Field Research Facility (USACE)
FRFA Final Regulatory Flexibility Analysis
FRMD Fisheries Research and Monitoring Division
FRN Federal Register Notice
FRR Fast Repetition Rate
FRRF Fast repetition rate fluorometer
FRRP Florida Reef Resilience Program
FRRP Florida Reef Resilience Programme
FRS Fisherman Reporting System
FRT Florida Coral Reef Tract
FRTG Flow Rate Technical Group (NIC)
FRWWS Fajardo Regional Wastewater System
FS Florida Statutes
FS Snail Feeding Scar
FSA Fish Spawning Aggregation
FSA Freely Associated States
FSBI Fisheries Society of the British Isles
FSCHR Federal Symposium on Coastal Habitat Restoration
FSD Foundation for Sustainable Development
FSD Forest Stand Delineation
FSEIS Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement
FSLE Florida Shelf Lagrangian Experiment (NOAA/AOML)
FSM Federated States of Micronesia
FSPI Foundations of the Peoples of the South Pacific International
FSRD Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Soil Resources Division (Guam)
FSU Florida State University
FSV Fishery Survey Vessel
FSWP Fishery Statistics of the Western Pacific
FTD Feet Per Day (movement of groundwater)
FTE Full Time Equivalent
FTE Full Time Employee
FTP File Transfer Protocol
FUDS Formerly Used Defense Sites
FUND Framework for Uncertainty, Negotiation and Distribution
FUNDAECO Foundation for Eco-development and Conservation
FUS Fisheries of the United States
FUTURE Forecasting and Understanding Trends, Uncertainty and Responses of the North Pacific Ecosystem (PICES)
FV Net Global Ocean Freshwater Volume
FWC Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (Florida)
FWCA Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act
FWCC Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
FWG Fleet Working Group
FWI French West Indies
FWRI Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FL)
FWS Fish and Wildlife Service (DOI)
FY Fiscal Year