Researchers developing technology to expand marine fish farming, aquaponics to inland locations

Members of Kevan Main’s aquaponics team demonstrate cooking techniques for nutritious sea purslane they are harvesting from a prototype system which grows fish and vegetables in a saltwater environment. Researchers at Mote Marine Laboratory are testing a novel farming system that grows marine finfish and saltwater veggies — all at the same time. With Florida Sea…

Florida Sea Grant launches awareness campaign with Florida Trend reports

By: Tom Nordlie, UF/IFAS News Writer To call attention to pressing coastal and ocean issues in Florida and the surrounding region, Florida Sea Grant has launched an awareness campaign that includes four special reports to be published in Florida Trend magazine, a monthly publication featuring statewide coverage of business and industry. The year-long campaign, known…

School credits new aquaculture curriculum with raising its state letter grade

Add middle and high school students to the growing list of Floridians learning about aquaculture, a relatively new industry but one that already generates an estimated $250 million economic impact annually in the state. In a remarkable 900-square-foot greenhouse on their campus, students at Crystal Lake Middle School in Lakeland are trying their hand at…

Bait, the Next Big Catch

Here’s a business tip about farming fish in Florida that may surprise you. The real opportunity in culturing saltwater fish may not be for a food fish at all. Instead, industry watchers think there’s more to gain by growing baitfish – the pinfish, pigfish, killifish and other minnows that recreational anglers use to catch popular…