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Florida Aquaculture Contacts

Agencies / Regulatory

Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Division of Aquaculture 1230 Governor’s 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.

Business Development Assistance

Assistance to write a business plan is offered by the Small Business Administration, please see http://www.sba.gov/.  Or local assistance to write a business plan is available through the Florida Small Business Development Center that has programs located at community colleges, please see http://floridasbdc.org/main.php.

Concerning finding and talking to wholesale or retail seafood buyers, you may wish to contact Martin May that leads the Bureau of Seafood and Aquaculture Marketing.  His email is Martin.May@freshfromflorida.com and his phone is 850-617-7280.

We have posted a financial fact sheet that can be accessed here: http://www.floridaaquaculture.com/bad/bad_finassistance.htm.

Education and Extension

General, Foodfish, and Baitfish Aquaculture Production

Mr. Christian Miller, Extension Agent University of Florida Miami-Dade County Extension Service 18710 SW 288 St. Homestead, FL 33030 Telephone: 305-248-3311 Ext. 230 Fax: 305-246-2932 E-mail: millerc@ufl.edu Web Site: http://miami-dade.ifas.ufl.edu/agriculture/aquaculture.shtml Technical assistance in Miami-Dade County for commercial fish and aquatic plant aquaculture, middle and high school aquaculture programs, and home garden ponds.

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: mailti: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

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 Financial and business analysis for the production of marine species in Florida.

Fish Disease Diagnostics / Fish Health Certificates

Dr. Denise Petty, Assistant Professor and Extension Veterinarian University of Florida Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 7922 NW 71st Street SE Gainesville, FL 32653 Telephone: 352-392-9617 Ext.229 E-mail: pettyd@ufl.edu Web Site: http://fishweb.ifas.ufl.edu Performs research and extension, including diagnostic services, for the sportfish, foodfish, shellfish, and ornamental fish aquaculture industries. Dr. Petty is also a USDA-APHIS accredited veterinarian who can sign health certificates for domestic and international shipments of fish and aquatic invertebrates.

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.

Production / Technical Assistance for Florida Aquaculturists

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 Aquaculture Association PO Box 1519 Winter Haven, FL 33882 Telephone: 863-293-5710 Fax: 863-299-5154 E-mail: DBoozer1@aol.com Web Site: http://www.flaa.org

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

Florida Tilapia Culture

Overview

“Tilapia (consisting of several species and species hybrids) are extremely durable fish that can thrive in poor quality water on low-cost feeds derived from vegetable protein. They are grown by small farms throughout central and south Florida because of simplicity and ease of culture. Tilapia produced in tropical and sub-tropical countries (Asia and Central and South America) are imported in huge quantities and at low prices to dominate the U.S. grocery and food service markets. Other competing sources include an annual 3 to 4 million pound wild harvest of blue tilapia in central Florida that is sold in rural seafood markets in Florida , Georgia and Alabama and an end-of-summer harvested crop produced from Alabama watershed ponds. The Alabama harvest dramatically drives live prices downward during September and October to $0.75 to $0.90 per pound. Florida tilapia farms primarily market their live or fresh production locally to avoid seasonal price fluctuations and competition from imported products.

Tilapia are a perfect species to use in educational programs and 26 Florida elementary, middle or high schools as well as three Sheriff operated programs for troubled youth grow tilapia in pond or tank systems. Growing fish in the classroom is a unique educational tool that combines science, social studies, math, and language arts into a single course of study. There is also the end-of-year reward of a memorable dinner for students, parents, and faculty.”

Source: Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Discover Florida Aquaculture (video)

Regulations

We work with commercial farmers that are growing and selling aquacultural crops and for these activities there is a “permit” requirement, an Aquaculture Certificate of Registration, and specific rules that govern species, production systems and operations.  Information about Certification, an application form, and environmentally-oriented best management practices can be found here: http://www.floridaaquaculture.com/bad/bad_aquacertify.htm.

Relative to commercial tilapia production, the regulations that apply are essentially species oriented. In Florida, Oreochromis species (the genus to which tilapia belong) and their hybrids (along with Wami tilapia O. urolepis hornorum) are regulated by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) as “conditional species,” a FWC regulatory category that prohibits personal possession but allows for commercial culture through our Certification permit and with specific biosecurity requirements to minimize risk of introduction into Florida waters. No non-native species, including tilapia, may be introduced into Florida waters even though the blue tilapia, O. aureus, is widely distributed in the middle portion ofFlorida.

What are the regulations for possessing tilapia (Nile perch)?

Possession and transport of live tilapia in Florida is prohibited without a special permit (except blue tilapia). The prohibited species can only be possessed if dead, so anglers who catch and want to eat a tilapia, other than blue tilapia, should immediately place them on ice. The exception, blue tilapia, are legal to possess, culture or transport only in the Northeast, South and Southwest Regions, and in Citrus County. A region map is on the Web at: http://myfwc.com/contact/contact-fwc-staff/regional-offices/. Permits are not given to possess prohibited species except for viewing at large public aquaria or for research, provided Commission-approved maximum security requirements are met.It is illegal to stock tilapia in public waters. The Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has special permits and licenses for culture in private ponds that have adequate protection to prevent the escape of the fish. To learn more about tilapia you can visit our non-native fishes page at http://myfwc.com/wildlifehabitats/profiles/fish/nonnative-fish/.In Florida, there are two agencies primarily responsible for regulating the use of non-native species in aquaculture—the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (DACS), Division of Aquaculture. The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) of the University of Florida assists these agencies by conducting research related to non-native species and by providing extension services to the aquaculture industry. In addition to these state agencies, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) regulates the importation of wildlife species (including fish and other aquatic organisms) and their interstate trade. This publication provides a brief overview of the roles of each agency and the regulations pertaining to the use of non-native fish in Florida aquaculture.Aquaculture Certificates

Regulations Pertaining to Non-native Fish in Florida Aquaculture