News // October 5, 2015

Florida Clams Website is Launched

The Florida Clams website was developed by the UF IFAS Shellfish Aquaculture Extension Program, in partnership with the Florida shellfish aquaculture industry, to promote cultured clams as an environmentally friendly and sustainable seafood product. With funding provided by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Aquaculture, the site informs buyers, consumers, and resource managers on how clams are grown, environmental benefits of the industry, where to buy clams, how to buy and prepare clams, and much more. To visit this new website, go to

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Office of Aquaculture Seeks Comments on Draft Marine Aquaculture Strategic Plan

The Office of Aquaculture seeks public input on the Draft NOAA Fisheries FY 2016-2020 Strategic Plan for Marine Aquaculture.  Comments will be accepted 30 days, ending October 22, 2015. The Plan identifies objectives and strategies associated with four strategic goals:  Regulatory Efficiency, Tools for Management, Technology Development and Transfer, and an Informed Public. The Plan will guide NOAA Fisheries’ efforts to advance responsible U.S. marine aquaculture.

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Marketing Cultured Oysters Video Available

The Marketing Cultured Oysters Workshop held at the FSU Coastal and Marine Laboratory on May 6th was videotaped and can now be viewed at the Oyster Culture Topic Page of the website ( Topics, such as niche marketing, marketing strategies to target key buyers, promotional materials for marketing Florida oysters, and harvesting and processing requirements for oysters during the summer months were presented by Robert Rheault, Executive Director of the East Coast Shellfish Growers Association; Martin May, Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (DACS), Bureau of Seafood and Aquaculture Marketing; and, Kim Norgren, DACS Division of Aquaculture.

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