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Videos and Handouts from Microalgal Culture Workshop

To address interest in microalgae culture and techniques for molluscan shellfish hatcheries, a two-day workshop was held on June 5-6, 2019 in Cedar Key. Dr. Gary Wikfors, Director of the NOAA Fisheries Laboratory in Milford, Connecticut, lead presentations and hands-on demonstrations. The workshop was co-hosted by Dr. Huiping Yang and Leslie Sturmer of the University of Florida/IFAS Molluscan Shellfish Aquaculture Program with funding provided through the NOAA National Sea Grant College Program.

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Hurricane Preparation and Recovery for Oyster Growers

A workshop on hurricane preparation and recovery for oyster growers in the Panhandle is being hosted by the UF/IFAS Shellfish Aquaculture Extension Program. The workshop will be held on Wednesday, July 31 and is being offered at two times and locations – from 2:00 to 4:30 pm at the FSU Coastal and Marine Lab, 3618 Coastal Highway 98, St. Teresa, and from 6:00 to 8:30 pm at the Wakulla County Extension Office, 84 Cedar Avenue, Crawfordville.

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Microalgae Culture Workshop and Webinar

To address interest in microalgae culture and techniques for molluscan shellfish hatcheries, a two-day workshop is being held on June 5-6, 2019 in Cedar Key. Dr. Gary Wikfors, Director of the NOAA Fisheries Laboratory in Milford, Connecticut, will lead presentations and hands-on demonstrations addressing the following topics: microalgae function, mass culture strategies, bivalve nutrition, chemical ecology of cultures, phytoplankton as bivalve foods, media preparation and aseptic transfers, and quantification methods. The workshop is co-hosted by Dr. Huiping Yang and Leslie Sturmer of the University of Florida/IFAS Molluscan Shellfish Aquaculture Program with funding provided through the NOAA National Sea Grant College Program.

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Harvesting and Aquaculture Education Training Workshops

To meet the annual training requirements for shellfish harvesting, handling, and transportation practices as required by the National Shellfish Sanitation Program (NSSP Guide Section II, Model Ordinance Chapter X), a series of workshops has been organized around Florida by the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Aquaculture with assistance from the University of Florida IFAS and Florida Sea Grant. Following participation of the shellfish harvesting training, a signed certificate will be issued. 

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Microalgal Culture Workshop Postponed

The Microalgal Culture Workshop scheduled for January 30-31 in Cedar Key is postponed due to the continued shut-down of the federal government. Dr. Gary Wikfors, the guest speaker, is director of the NOAA Fisheries Laboratory in Milford, CT. He is a ‘non-essential’ federal government employee, who is currently not allowed to work. We hope to reschedule this workshop in the spring. Sorry for any inconvenience if you have made plans to travel to Cedar Key.

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Oyster calculator

Oyster FARM (Financial And Risk Model) Calculator

Risk in oyster farming, as in all agriculture and aquaculture production, is any event that a grower cannot control but affects the grower’s operation. However, various types of risk can be forecasted based on historical events and trends. A financial tool has been developed using these findings, which allows oyster growers to generate predictive costs and revenues for their farms and investment situation. This Calculator quantifies environmental and economic risks associated with oyster culture using damage reports, grower estimates, and historical data. Developed using Microsoft Excel 2018, the Calculator is compatible with previous Excel versions. First, growers enter their individual

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Cedar Key Water Quality Monitoring Stations are Operational

After almost two years of operational problems, water quality monitoring stations at the Dog Island and Gulf Jackson Aquaculture Use Zones are up and running! Real-time information is available for both stations and can be viewed at the Online Resource Guide for Florida Shellfish Aquaculture website by visiting the LIVE Water Quality pages. In 2002-03, monitoring equipment was installed at these lease areas and seven others in six Florida counties with USDA funding. However, lack of continued funding resulted in most of the stations being dismantled. In 2012, the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (DACS), Division of Aquaculture and

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Microalgal Culture Workshop

When: January 30-31, 2019 Day 1: Wednesday, January 30, Registration (10:30 am), Sessions (11 am – 5 pm) Day 2: Thursday, January 31, Sessions (8 am – 2 pm) Where: FWC Senator Kirkpatrick Marine Lab, 11350 SW 153rd Court, Cedar Key, FL A two-day Microalgae Culture workshop is being held to address interests in culture technology and techniques for molluscan shellfish hatcheries. Topics for presentations and hands-on demonstrations will address the following topics: Function of Microalgae, Mass-Culture Strategies, Nutrition of Bivalves, Chemical Ecology of Cultures, Phytoplankton as Bivalve Foods, Media preparation & Aseptic transfers and Quantification Methods. Dr. Gary Wikfors,

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Oyster South Symposium is Coming Soon

Financial assistance available for growers to attend The 3rd Annual Oyster South Symposium is being held on February 22-23th, 2019 in Orange Beach, Alabama. Sponsored by Oyster South, Inc. (a non-profit dedicated to advancing oyster aquaculture in the southern US), in collaboration with National Sea Grant, this event brings together producers, gear suppliers, distributors, chefs, food writers, vendors, researchers, students and managers from the southeast region to discuss pressing issues and relevant, practical research on oyster aquaculture. Registration is now open and includes admission to all informational sessions (all day Friday and Saturday morning), all breaks, lunch on Friday, a mixer on

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Discussion with Dixie County Oyster Growers

To address increased interest in oyster aquaculture, applied research and demonstration projects were initiated in 2016 to evaluate an oyster breeding process to Florida conditions. Diploid and triploid oysters were cultured at commercial farms and at the UF experimental site in Cedar Key, where replicated field trials allow for documenting the effects of management practices on production. Ongoing field trials are continuing to examine several gear types and biofouling control strategies.

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