Shellfish Harvester Educational Training Program

As of January 2014, the National Sanitation Shellfish Program’s (NSSP) Model Ordinance was modified to include new food safety training requirements. These changes initiated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are outlined in NSSP Guide Section II, Model Ordinance Chapter X. Under the new mandate, shellfish harvesters, shellfish growers, authorized users, or anyone working on an aquaculture lease must participate in an approved training program on processing, handling, and transportation practices prior to certification, recertification, or licensing. Continue reading

Lease Expansion in Levy County: Update

On April 28, a survey committee selected George F. Young Inc. to proceed with surveying and marking the Dog Island and Corrigan’s Reef Shellfish Aquaculture Lease Expansions in the vicinity of Cedar Key, Levy County. It is anticipated that the field work will be completed by mid-June. Continue reading

NPR Story on Cedar Key Clam Farming

The Cedar Key clam farming industry received widespread attention when National Public Radio (NPR) broadcasted a story entitled Forced To Put Its Nets Away, One Florida Town Clams Up – Literally. Continue reading

UF Present at NSA Annual Meeting

The National Shellfisheries Association (NSA) hosted their 106th annual meeting in Jacksonville, Florida this spring. Eight presentations were given by seven UF research and extension faculty on topics ranging from economics, clam genetics, oyster culture, ponderous arks, to aqueous soils. Continue reading

Florida Shellfish Seed Suppliers List

Twelve Florida hatchery and nursery operations are supplying molluscan shellfish seed to growers this year. Species include hard clams, oysters, sunray venus, and bay scallops. A list of these shellfish seed suppliers can be accessed by going to Suppliers on this website or by viewing below. Contact suppliers for information on species, seed sizes, price, color variation, and availability. This list is provided as a service of the UF IFAS Shellfish Aquaculture Extension Program. We do not sponsor or endorse any of these suppliers over any others. Continue reading