Lease Modification for Off-Bottom Oyster Culture

Shellfish aquaculture leases for clam production are limited to the use of the bottom and six inches above the bottom for culture activities. To farm oysters, leases must be modified to accommodate off-bottom culture activities. Continue reading

This Year’s Sebastian Clambake a Success

The Sebastian Clambake, billed as a “Lagoon Festival,” celebrated on November 7-9 the area’s special way of life along the Indian River, which has been the life-blood of the community from the beginning. The lagoon has provided its citizens and visitors with recreation, tranquil beauty, and food for generations. Continue reading

The Way We Worked Exhibit

Over a six-week period this fall, Cedar Key was home to a traveling Smithsonian Institute exhibit, The Way We Worked, which explores how work became a central element in American culture by tracing the many changes that affected the workforce and environments over the past 150 years. Continue reading

Pilot Clam Crop Insurance Program Dropped in Florida

Since 2000, the Cultivated Clam Crop Insurance Program has been available for aquaculturists in selected counties in Florida, South Carolina, Virginia, and Massachusetts. During this time, the pilot program has undergone several comprehensive reviews. Based on results of the most recent evaluation, the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation terminated the program for the 2015 and subsequent crop years in Florida. Continue reading

Study on Effects of Mechanical Harvesting Completed

The final report of an Aquaculture Review Council-supported project evaluating alternative farming technology for the sunray venus clam was submitted to the DACS Division of Aquaculture. An 80% increase in sunray venus production was obtained using bottom plants versus bottom bags. Further, the culture period to reach a potential market size of ~2” shell length can be reduced by 15-25% using the bottom plant method. Continue reading

Dialogue with Shellfish Culture Industry

During August through October, workshops were held with shellfish growers around the state to provide information on recent and ongoing applied projects being conducted by the UF IFAS Shellfish Aquaculture Research and Extension Program. Continue reading

2013 Census of Aquaculture Released by USDA

The 2013 Census of Aquaculture was recently released by the U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The report provides value of sales for a variety of aquaculture products by type (e.g., mollusks) and species. Due to recent advances in the industry, Florida ranked fourth in the nation in sales value of molluscan shellfish products ($19.6 million), falling behind Washington ($149.3 million), Virginia ($41.5 million), and Connecticut ($28.3 million). Continue reading

Sunray Venus Clams on the JSR Cover

Over the past seven years, the culture and market potential of the sunray venus clam has been examined. The existence of a latent market and potential growth rate of this native bivalve made it a logical choice to diversify the Florida hard clam industry. To increase awareness of this new culture species, sunray venus clams have been featured at culinary demonstrations, consumer acceptance trials, and seafood shows. Continue reading

Welcome Dr. Huiping Yang to UF!

On July 1, Dr. Huiping Yang joins the University of Florida as an Assistant Professor of Molluscan Shellfish Aquaculture. Dr. Yang will be located in Gainesville with the SFRC Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences Program, and will also work at culture facilities in Cedar Key. Continue reading

Northeast Florida Oyster Research

Oyster habitat

An informal meeting was initiated by the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve at Ponte Vedra Beach on May 30th to begin a dialogue on oyster research needs and expectations in northwest Florida. The objectives of the meeting were to allow representatives from state agencies, academia, and others interested in prioritizing research questions, aligning everyone’s expertise and interests with priority research questions, and discussing the potential formation of a regional oyster working group and/or a regular symposium. Continue reading