A series of workshops is being conducted to address industry issues in the production of shellfish seed. Hatchery operators and personnel are invited to attend. The topic of this workshop is Managing Diseases in the Hatchery through Bacteriological Monitoring. Topics to be presented include: Review of opportunistic bacterial diseases in the hatchery, Supplies and equipment needed for bacterial sampling, Step-by-step procedures to follow for sampling, Where and how often to take samples in the hatchery, Interpretation of results, What the samples mean, Remediation, and How to correct the problem. Sampling kits (media plates, loops, swabs, etc.) will be provided. Presenters include: Susan Laramore PhD, Aquatic Animal Health Lab, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, Florida Atlantic University, Ft. Pierce; and Ruth Francis-Floyd DVM, Aquatic Animal Health Program, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville.
The workshop will be held on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 from 1:00 to 3:30 PM at the FWC Senator George Kirkpatrick Marine Lab, 11350 SW 153rd Court, Cedar Key, FL. After the workshop, individual hatchery consultations will be conducted from 3:30-5:30 pm and on Thursday, April 27 from 8:30 am-12:30 pm. To ensure there are sample kits and handouts available for each person, please confirm your attendance in advance. Contact: Leslie Sturmer, UF IFAS Shellfish Aquaculture Extension Program, Phone: (352) 543-5057, Email: LNST@ufl.edu; or Rose Cantwell, Cedar Key Aquaculture Association, Phone: (352) 215-6341, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. The workshop is sponsored by the University of Florida/IFAS, Florida Sea Grant, Florida Atlantic University-Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, and Cedar Key Aquaculture association. Click here to access a flyer outlining the event.