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Important Contacts for Florida Aquaculture

Agencies / Regulatory v Education and Extension v Marketing v Affiliated Associations

Agencies / Regulatory

  • Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
    Division of Aquaculture
    1230 Governorís Square Blvd. 5th Floor
    Tallahassee, FL 32301
    Telephone: 850-488-4033
    Fax: 850-410-0893
    Web Site:  http://www.floridaaquaculture.com
    The Division issues the Aquaculture Certificate of Registration required by all aquaculturists in the state of Florida. The Division is also the application point for submerged land leases to culture shellfish and live rock, the regulatory of shellfish processing plants, and classification of shellfish harvesting areas.
     
  • Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
    Bureau of Food and Meat Inspection
    HACCP Program
    3125 Conner Boulevard, Suite H
    Tallahassee, Florida 32399-1650
    Telephone: 850-245-5520
    Fax: 850-245-5553
    E-mail:  foodinsp@doacs.state.fl.us
    Web Site:  http://www.doacs.state.fl.us/fs/inspectn.html#haccp
    Regulates food processing, storage, and sale including Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) program. All food processors and handlers are required to possess a Food Permit from the Department, unless the operation is under continuous state or federal inspection.


Education and Extension

General, Foodfish, and Baitfish Aquaculture Production

  • Dr. Cortney Ohs, Assistant Professor
    University of Florida
    Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences
    c/o Indian River Research and Education Center
    2199 South Rock Road
    Ft. Pierce, FL  34945-3138
    Telephone:  772-468-3922
    E-mail:  cohs@ifas.ufl.edu
    Technical assistance in foodfish (including shrimp and prawns) and baitfish aquaculture in Florida.

Ornamental Aquaculture Production

  • Mr. Carlos Martinez, Assistant-In Aquaculture
    University of Florida
    Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences
    Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory
    1408 24th Street SE
    Ruskin, FL  33570
    Telephone:  813-671-5230 Ext. 109
    Fax:  813-671-5234
    E-mail:  cvmartinez@ifas.ufl.edu
    Web Site:  http://tal.ifas.ufl.edu
    Provides information on Florida commercial ornamental fish and plant aquaculture through workshops and one-on-one contact.  The laboratory also performs industry-driven research and has a full-service fish disease diagnostic laboratory.

Shellfish Aquaculture Production

  • Ms. Leslie Sturmer, Multi-County Shellfish Aquaculture Extension Agent
    University of Florida
    c/o FWC Marine Lab
    PO Box 89
    Cedar Key, FL  32625
    Telephone:  352-543-5057
    Fax:  352-543-6958
    E-mail:  lnst@ifas.ufl.edu
    Web Site:  http://shellfish.ifas.ufl.edu
    Provides technical assistance to the Florida shellfish aquaculture industry through workshops, one-on-one contact, and a quarterly newsletter.

Aquatic Weed Control

Economics

Fish Disease Diagnostics / Fish Health Certificates

  • Dr. Roy P.E. Yanong, Associate Professor and Extension Veterinarian
    Ms. Deborah Britt Pouder, Coordinator of Research Programs & Services/Diagnostic Lab Manager
    University of Florida
    Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences
    Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory
    1408 24th Street SE
    Ruskin, FL  33570
    Telephone:  813-671-5230 Ext. 109
    Fax:  813-671-5234
    E-mail (Yanong):  rpy@ifas.ufl.edu
    E-mail (Pouder):  dbpouder@ifas.ufl.edu
    Performs diagnostic services for the commercial ornamental aquaculture industry.  Dr. Yanong is also a USDA-APHIS accredited veterinarian who can sign health certificates for domestic and international shipments of fish and aquatic invertebrates.
     
  • Dr. Kathleen H. Hartman, Veterinarian/Aquaculture Epidemiologist
    USDA Veterinary Services
    c/o University of Florida
    Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences
    Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory
    1408 24th Street SE
    Ruskin, FL  33570
    Telephone:  813-671-5230 Ext. 109
    Fax:  813-671-5234
    E-mail:  Kathleen.H.Hartman@aphis.usda.gov
    Web Site:  http://www.aphis.usda.gov/vs/
    Endorses health certificates for international shipments of fish and aquatic invertebrates.

Fish Reproduction

  • Dr. Frank Chapman, Associate Professor
    University of Florida
    Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences
    7922 NW 71st Street
    Gainesville, FL  32653
    Telephone:  352-392-9617 Ext.247
    E-mail:  fchapman@ufl.edu
    Main area of interest is in the reproductive biology and larval development of aquatic organisms, particularly of ornamental fish and ancient fish species such as sturgeon.

Nuisance Animals

  • United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
    Wildlife Services
    c/o University of Florida
    Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory
    1408 24th Street SE
    Ruskin, Florida 33570
    Telephone: 813-671-5230 x 105
    Fax: 813-671-5234
    Web Site:  http://www.aphis.usda.gov/ws/
    Technical assistance to deter wildlife (bird, mammal, and reptile) damage on agricultural crops (including aquaculture)

Seafood Processing / HACCP

  • Ms. Laura Garrido, Seafood Nutritionist
    University of Florida
    107 Aquatic Food Products Lab
    Newell Drive, Building 461
    PO Box 110370
    Gainesville, Florida 32611
    Telephone: 352-392-1991
    Fax: 352-392-8594
    E-mail:  shrimp@ufl.edu
    Technical assistance for seafood processing, handling, storage, safety, HACCP, packaging and human nutrition information.


Marketing

  • Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services
    Bureau of Seafood and Aquaculture Marketing
    2051 East Dirac Drive
    Tallahassee, Florida 32310-3760
    Telephone: 850-488-0163
    Fax: 850-922-3671
    E-mail: seafood@doacs.state.fl.us
    Web Site: http://www.fl-aquaculture.com
    Generic and commodity specific marketing assistance (technical assistance, point-of-purchase materials and trade events). Provides trade lead referrals, trade show planning, market research and development, marketing orders, agricultural marketing cooperatives and industry statistics. Publishes a biennial directory of seafood, aquaculture, and marine life product suppliers. "Fresh from Florida" promotional campaign membership including monetary incentives for logo use.


Affiliated Associations

  • Florida Farm Bureau
    P. O. Box 147030
    Gainesville, FL 32614
    Telephone:  352-378-8100
    Web Site:  http://www.floridafarmbureau.org
     
  • Florida Tropical Fish Farms Association
    P. O. Box 1519
    Winter Haven, FL 33882
    Telephone:  863-293-5710
    Fax:  863-299-5154
    E-mail:  flassn@aol.com
    Web Site:  http://www.ftffa.com
     
  • National Aquaculture Association
    PO Box 1647
    Pine Bluff, AR  71613
    Telephone:  870-850-7900
    Fax:  870-580-7902
    Web Site:  http://www.thenaa.net

 

 

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