Aquaculture Certificate Renewals and Shellfish Harvester Training

All Aquaculture Certificates of Registration (“AQ cards”) will expire on June 30th. Renewal information will be mailed by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS), Division of Aquaculture prior to May 1st, this includes a preprinted application and notice of $100 fee. Any applicant working with shellfish must complete the Harvester Education Training and submit a copy of their certificate of training along with the application. Applications and fees must be returned by June 30th to avoid a lapse in certification. They may be submitted via mail: FDACS, P.O. Box 6710, Tallahassee, FL 32314-6710, with a check or money order made payable to FDACS. Renewing applicants may submit their application, training certificate, and payment online here. Online renewals must include a signed application and harvester education training certificate.

The Harvester Education Training is an annual requirement for Aquaculture Certificate renewals and Saltwater Products Licenses (SPL) with a shellfish endorsement. The training can be taken online or in person. The online course is available at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission website.

Workshops to complete the training will be available at:

Apalachicola Shellfish Center, Phone: 850-653-8317
3:00 pm every Tues & Wed in April
3:00 pm every Tue, Wed, & Thur in May
3:00 pm Mon through Fri in June

Cedar Key Marine Lab, Phone: 352-543-1084
3:00 pm & 5:30 pm on May 11th & 12th

Palm Bay Marine Resources Council
2:00 pm on May 4th

Arrangements may also be made to complete the training in person at any of the DACS Division of Aquaculture’s offices. Contact the Division for more information (Phone: 850-617-7600) or to schedule an appointment.

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