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    In addition to providing value for wildlife, mangroves, beaches and dunes also help protect homes and inland habitats from storm damage.

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    Estuaries, where fresh water, often from rivers, enters semi-enclosed bodies of salt water, are some of our most productive ecosystems. Oysters, clams, shrimp, and many other species of marine vertebrates and invertebrates thrive in estuarine waters, as do the myriad bird species that prey upon them.

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    Many commercially and recreationally valuable species of fish like this redfish or spotted seatrout, tarpon and snook depend on sea grass, mangroves, or salt marsh for part or all of their life cycles.

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Aquaculture extension agent Leslie Sturmer sorts seed clams in Cedar Key.

When Florida’s commercial fishing businesses were declining, Florida Sea Grant collaborated with other entities to build a new hard clam aquaculture industry near Cedar Key, Fla. where about 80 percent of Florida’s clam farming now occurs. The industry has a statewide economic impact of over $50 million, supporting more than 550 jobs in Cedar Key alone.

In addition to supporting the clam aquaculture industry in Cedar Key, Florida Sea Grant researchers are working on a new aquaculture opportunity–baitfish. Baitfish may provide the potential for expansion and diversification of aquaculture within the state, thanks to Florida’s multimillion dollar recreational fishing industry.

Florida Sea Grant extension agents offer aquaculture workshops periodically and are an excellent resource for entrepreneurs and small businesses looking to dive into aquaculture.

Oyster workshops:

Florida Sea Grant, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and Florida Cooperative Extension Service hosted a series of three workshops concerning intensive oyster aquaculture at Florida State University’s Coastal and Marine Laboratory during 2013 and 2014. The videos of the workshops are available below.

An Introduction to Intensive Oyster Culture Workshop
September 26,2013

An Introduction to Oyster Culture Gear and Suppliers Workshop
December 4, 2013

An Introduction to Oyster Culture Industry in the Northeastern U.S.
April 3, 2014

 


Faculty and Staff

Leslie Sturmer

Leslie Sturmer
Shellfish Aquaculture Extension Agent
Statewide

Carlos Martinez

Carlos Martinez
Extension Agent
Statewide
ornamentals

Cortney Ohs

Cortney Ohs
Baitfish Aquaculture Specialist

LeRoy Cresswell

LeRoy Creswell
Regional Extension Agent
shellfish, baitfish

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