To address increased interest in oyster aquaculture on Florida’s west coast, an applied research and demonstration project was conducted during 2016-17 to evaluate an oyster breeding process to local conditions. Diploid and triploid oysters were cultured at commercial farms in four counties and at the UF experimental site in Cedar Key, where replicated field trials allowed for documenting effects of several management practices on production.

Workshops will be held on Thursday, May 3, 2018 at the FSU Coastal and Marine Laboratory, 3618 Coastal Hwy 98, St. Teresa, FL; and Friday, May 4, 2018 at the FWC Senator George Kirkpatrick Marine Lab, 11350 SW 153rd Court, Cedar Key, FL.

Both workshops are from 3:00 to 5:00 PM.

Topics to be presented include: Understanding the triploid process and developing Florida-specific tetraploid oyster broodstock; Production performance of diploid and triploid oysters and effects of farm locations, gear types, and seasonal harvests; Comparison of stocking densities, float designs, and antifouling coatings; Health assessment—prevalence of Dermo, pests, and parasites; Consumer evaluation of sensory characteristics; and Economic assessment of environmental and market risks

Speakers include: Carter Cyr, Rusty Dame, Leslie Sturmer, and Huiping Yang with the University of Florida/IFAS; and Nick Brandimarte and Susan Laramore with Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, Florida Atlantic University.

The Cedar Key workshop will be broadcast live via the Zoom app. To tune in, click the link below at 3:00 PM on May 4th and follow the prompts to download the Zoom application and join the meeting. To find out more, contact Carter Cyr, UF/IFAS Shellfish Extension, at (207) 228-5622 or ccyr399@ufl.edu. For additional information, contact Leslie Sturmer, Shellfish Aquaculture Extension Specialist at (352) 543-5057 or Lnst@ufl.edu. Click here for a flyer detailing the events.

 

Link to Zoom meeting: https://ufl.zoom.us/j/424522615