Florida Aquaculture Association

PO Box 2974

Riverview, FL 33568   

Telephone: 813-438-FLAA(3522)

E-mail: tiffany@flaa.org

©2018 by Florida Aquaculture Association. 

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Important Contacts

Agencies/ Regulatory

Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Division of Aquaculture
        600 South Calhoun St., #217
        Tallahassee, FL 32399
        Telephone: 850-617-7600
        Fax: 850-617-7601
        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/ Extenstion

 

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. Eric Cassiano, 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:  ericcass@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

Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants
7922 NW 71st Street
Gainesville, FL  32653
Telephone:  352-392-1799
Fax:  352-392-3462
E-mail:  CAIP-WEBSITE@ufl.edu
Web Site:  http://plants.ifas.ufl.edu/

 

Economics

Dr. Charles Adams, Professor
University of Florida
Florida Sea Grant Extension Program
Food and Resource Economics Department
1099 McCarty Hall B
Gainesville, Florida 32611
Telephone: 352-392-1845, extension 223
Fax: 352-846-0988
E-mail:  adams@ufl.edu
Web Site:  http://www.fred.ifas.ufl.edu/showdirectoryentry.php?id=96&membertypeid=1
Financial and business analysis for the production of marine species in Florida.

 

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

George Baker
University of Florida
104 Aquatic Food Products Laboratory
586 Newell Drive, POB 110370
(352) 294-3902 (office)
(352) 262-5133 (mobile)
glba@ufl.edu

Marketing

Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services
Bureau of Seafood and Aquaculture Marketing
The Mayo Building, P42
407 South Calhoun St., 411-B
Tallahassee, Florida 32399
Telephone: 850-617-7280
Fax: 850-617-7281
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.co

National Aquaculture Association
PO Box 1647
Pine Bluff, AR  71613
Telephone:  870-850-7900
Fax:  870-580-7902
Web Site:  http://www.thenaa.net