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Dr. Andy Kane (UF) Speaks on Health and Safety of Gulf Seafood Workers

When: Wednesday, October 24, 2018, 10-11 am A webinar is being hosted by the Southeastern Coastal Center for Agricultural Health and Safety and UF/IFAS Center for Public Issues Education to discuss the “Occupational Health and Safety Surveillance of Gulf Seafood Workers.” Commercial ocean fishing is one of the most dangerous occupations in the world. Workplace-related illnesses, injuries, and deaths are not uncommon for commercial seafood workers, and many of these adverse outcomes are avoidable in this mostly self-employed uninsured, hardworking workforce that feeds our nation. Dr. Andy Kane, UF Associate Professor of the Department of Environmental and Global Health and

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Report Crop Losses for NAP Coverage to Local USDA FSA Office

For those shellfish growers who signed up for the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program, or NAP, with the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) for crop year 2019, there is a 72-hour requirement to notify your county office when crop losses are apparent (that means when you have been able to inspect your crop and know that you have had mortalities). For oyster growers in Wakulla County, your local office is in Monticello. The phone number is (800) 243-9912 or (850) 997-2072, ext 2. For shellfish growers in Franklin County, the Blountstown office is closed, contact the Wakulla County office instead

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Hurricane Michael Recovery Assistance

Shellfish growers are already hard at work recovering gear and assessing damages in the Panhandle and Big Bend areas. To view Hurricane Michael Imagery of the lease areas from NOAA’s database visit: https://storms.ngs.noaa.gov/storms/michael/index.html#. For any growers affected by Michael, you may want to join the Oyster South Growers Exchange group. People are posting pics of recovered gear, offering assistance, and coordinating hardware store runs. Visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/oystersouthgrowersexchange/ to join the group. We will be sharing posts from Wakulla and Franklin County Emergency Operations Center’s Facebook pages on our UF/IFAS Shellfish Aquaculture Extension Facebook Page. For up-to-date resources and information on the federal

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New Fact Sheet: Production and Performance of Triploid Oysters for Aquaculture

Triploid oyster aquaculture has become an integral part of the global molluscan aquaculture industry. Currently, triploid Pacific oysters account for 50% of the production on the west coast of the U.S. and nearly 100% of the eastern oyster seed production in the Chesapeake Bay. The industry widely recognizes the use of triploidy in oyster aquaculture because of their potential for fast growth, superior meat quality (especially in summer), year-round harvestability, and low environmental pressure on wild populations (due to their sterility). A fact sheet written by UF/IFAS faculty provides a review of production and performance of triploid oysters for aquaculture.

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Videos and Presentations from Shellfish Aquaculture Gear Workshop

Shellfish aquaculture gear management techniques and strategies to prevent gear loss were discussed at a workshop held on September 12, 2018. Hosted by the FDACS Division of Aquaculture, the workshop was held in partnership with the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation and NOAA’s Marine Debris Program. Guest speakers included Charles Grisafi, of NOAA’s Marine Debris Program, and Bob Rheault, Executive Director of the East Coast Shellfish Growers Association. Dr. Bill Walton, MS-AL Sea Grant, and Leslie Sturmer, UF-IFAS led panel discussions on oyster and clam gear management techniques which featured farmers and their personal experiences. The workshop was recorded and broken

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Shellfish Aquaculture Gear Workshop

Date: Wednesday, September 12th, 2018 1-5pm Location: FWC Senator Kirkpatrick Marine Lab, 11350 SW 153rd Court, Cedar Key, FL In partnership with the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation and NOAA’s Marine Debris Program, the FDACS Division of Aquaculture is hosting a workshop to discuss shellfish aquaculture gear management techniques and strategies to prevent gear loss. Guest speakers Charles Grisafi, of NOAA’s Marine Debris Program, and Bob Rheault, Executive Director of the East Coast Shellfish Growers Association, will discuss the importance of marine debris prevention as the shellfish aquaculture industry increases in size and begins utilizing new production methods and gear. Informal

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Videos and Presentations from Understanding USDA Farm Service Agency Programs Workshop

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) is responsible for the delivery of federal farm programs to help producers manage risks and recover from disasters. The Noninsured Disaster Assistance Program, or NAP, provides financial assistance to growers of non-insurable crops to protect them against natural disasters that result in crop losses. A workshop was held on August 24, 2018 to learn about coverage levels for the 2019 crop year, application deadlines, and which counties cover clam, oyster, and sunray venus crops. Note that the deadline to sign out for NAP coverage for the 2019 crop year is

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Travel Funds for Oyster Growers

Peer-To-Pier Fellowship Program The purpose of the Peer-To-Pier Fellowship Program, supported by an award from the National Sea Grant College Program and contributions from Oyster South, is to support peer-to-peer learning opportunities for oyster farmers in the southern US to attend industry conferences and shows, as well as visiting peers in other parts of the country to pursue learning opportunities. Funds may not be used to purchase seed or gear. Under this program, at least 8 awards of up to $1,000 each will be provided.

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Understanding the USDA Farm Service Agency Programs for Shellfish Growers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) is responsible for the delivery of federal farm programs to help producers manage risks and recover from disasters. The Noninsured Disaster Assistance Program, or NAP, provides financial assistance to growers of non-insurable crops to protect them against natural disasters that result in crop losses. Learn about coverage levels for the 2019 crop year, application deadlines, and which counties cover oyster crops. The 2017 Wildfires and Hurricanes Indemnity Program, or WHIP, provides disaster relief to agricultural and aquacultural producers. This funding helps replace losses occurred during the 2017 hurricane season. Learn

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Industry Inputs on Aquaculture Priorities Requested by USDA

To address the current needs and challenges facing the aquaculture industry, stakeholders and industry members have been invited to voice their opinions. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Aquaculture National Program, and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) use this information to prioritize and establish frameworks for aquaculture research and extension programs over the next five years. In 2013, shellfish priorities included domestication of oysters, reproduction, health tools, and production technology. A full list of the 2013 sessions can be found here. To continue the discussion, you are invited to participate in the 2018 online

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