The University of Florida (UF) Shellfish Aquaculture Extension Program provides educational, technical, and organizational support to the shellfish aquaculture industry in Florida. In 1995 a position was created within the UF Cooperative Extension Service to assist the emergent industry on Florida’s west coast in these efforts. Since then, the program has expanded to allow for statewide extension activities. This program maintains an affiliation with the UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS), UF School of Forest Resources and Conservation’s Program in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, and Florida Sea Grant. In addition, there is a multi-faceted partnership with local governments in coastal communities and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.