Women of the Water

June 14-15-5, 2022 The 1st Women of the Water Conference was held on June 14-15, 2022 at Mote Marine Lab and Aquaculture Park. The event was organized by Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services, Florida Sea Grant, and Mote Marine Laboratory. Additional sponsors included Cedar Key Aquaculture Association, Florida Shellfish Aquaculture Association, Florida Aquaculture Association, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, […]

Student Internship Opportunity

Florida Sea Grant is pleased to announce a university and college student internship program, HARVEST: Helping Aquaculture Reap Value and Enhance Student Training, offering college students paid part-time internships (up to 20 hours per week) with aquaculture businesses. This internship opportunity will place a currently enrolled student with oyster culture businesses located in Franklin and […]

2021-22 Oyster Project Updates


Oyster Culture Workshops were held by the UF/IFAS Shellfish Aquaculture Program on May 4-5th, 2022 at Wakulla County Extension and FSU Coastal and Marine Lab. Workshops provided updates and results of applied research projects conducted in 2020-21 and introduced new projects to be conducted in 2022-23. The agenda, presentations (PDF), and recorded videos can be […]

Session 4 – Harvesting a Crop of Oysters – is Now Available

Gulf Coast Grown

The fourth session Harvesting a Crop of Oysters of this Online Course is now available. The session starts off with an overview of harvest regulations (coming soon) provided by a representative from FDA, the agency which provides federal oversight. Also, aquaculture practices before, during, and after harvest in managing risks associated with consumption of raw […]

Sign-up for 2022 NAP crop policy by September 30


The Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) can provide shellfish growers with catastrophic coverage for losses due to natural disasters. NAP is sold and serviced by your local USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) office.

Hurricane Preparedness Guides for Off-bottom Oyster Culture

Hurricane Preparedness Guides for Off-bottom Oyster Culture

The perpetual threat of hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico emphasizes the importance of business planning and storm preparedness as an essential part of any oyster culture operation. Growers who have developed storm plans have a better chance of minimizing losses, making sound decisions before a storm, and increasing chances for rapid recovery after the […]

The Second Session of the Online Oyster Culture Course is available NOW.

This FREE course is designed for beginning oyster growers and those interested in the prospects of oyster culture in the Gulf of Mexico. The course covers basic information on how to get started to growing and harvesting your first crop of oysters. The second session, Meet the Gear Suppliers, provides information on 13 manufacturers, suppliers, […]