The following videos cover a variety of topics pertaining to Molluscan Shellfish Aquaculture. The videos are a collection of workshops presented by the University of Florida (UF). Guest speakers from the following institutions include Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (DACS), Division of AquacultureAuburn University (AU),  Louisiana State University (LSU), East Coast Shellfish Growers Association (ECSGA), other institutions, and industry representatives.

All workshop and informational videos can be found on the UF/IFAS Shellfish Aquaculture Extension   YouTube channel.

Oyster Workshops | Clam Workshops | Clam Selective Breeding | Sunray Venus |Microalgal Culture | Florida Aquaculture Commodities

Oyster Workshops and Farming Videos

September 2013
Leslie Sturmer, UF; Portia Sapp and Kim Norgren, DACS; Bill Walton, AU

December 2013
John Supan, LSU; Bill Walton, AU; Rheal Savoie, OysterGro; Kent Ferguson, Go Deep International; Tom Rossi, 4Cs Breeding Company

September 2013
Dale Leavitt, Roger Williams University; Rick Karney, Martha’s Vineyard Shellfish Group; Sandy Macfarlane, Coastal Resources

Introduction to Harvesting and Marketing Cultured Oysters

May 2015
Robert Rheault, ECSGA; Martin May and Kim Norgren, DACS

June 2013
John Supan, LSU/LA Sea Grant


June 2017
John Supan, LSU/LA Sea Grant

May 2018
Huiping Yang, Leslie Sturmer, Carter Cyr, and Rusty Dame, UF

September 2018
Charlie Culpepper, DACS; Charles Grisafi, NOAA; Bill Walton, AU; Jeff and Reid Tilley, Oyster Boss

September 2018
John Supan, LSU/LA Sea Grant

July 31, 2019
Leslie Sturmer, UF; Bill Walton, AU;
Erik Lovestrand, FL Sea Grant;
Charlie Culpepper, FDACS

January 2020
Floating Cage Field Trials from NC to LA, USDA SRAC Funded

January 2020
Floating Cage Field Trials from NC to LA, USDA SRAC Funded


May 2020
Bill Walton, AU; Leslie Sturmer, UF; Jerome LePeyre, LSU; Joey Matt, VIMS; Ryan Carnegie, VIMS; Tom Rossi, 4Cs Technologies; Huiping Yang, UF; Scott Rikard, AU; Kelly Lucas, USM; Brian Callam, LSU; Stan Allen, VIMS

Hatchery Workshop

August 2017
Dr John Supan, LSU

January 2017
Scott Rickard, AU

Lease Application Workshop

March 2020
*Please note, some details in this video are specific to an Apalachicola lease area and don’t apply to new leases in other areas.

Charlie Culpepper,
FDACS Division of Aquaculture

Kim Norgren,
FDACS Division of Aquaculture

 Leslie Sturmer,
UF/IFAS, Shellfish Aquaculture Extension

Bill Walton,
Auburn University Shellfish Lab

Andrew Ropicki,
UF/IFAS, Food and Resource Economics

Hard Clam Selective Breeding Collaborative

May 2023
Credits: Rory MacNish (narration and video production); Jade Wu (script);
Loriann Cody (logo)

Clam Workshop

September 2018
Leslie Sturmer, UF; Bob Rheault, ECSGA; Mark DeHaven, DACS; Craig Parks, B&E Seafood; Heath Davis, Chris Toppings, Joe Cannon, CKAA

Sunray Venus

May 2023
Maturation and Spawning Techniques 

May 2023
Larval Culture Techniques

Microalgal Culture Workshops

To address interest in microalgae culture and techniques for molluscan shellfish hatcheries, a two-day workshop was held on June 5-6, 2019. Dr. Gary Wikfors, Director of the NOAA Fisheries Laboratory in Milford, Connecticut, led presentations and hands-on demonstrations. The workshop was co-hosted by Huiping Yang and Leslie Sturmer, UF/IFAS, with funding from the NOAA National Sea Grant College Program.

View the individual presentations listed below via the Microalgal Culture Workshop video playlist.

  • Speaker Introductions (17:30 min)
  • Introduction to Microalgae Part 1 (1:05:36 hr)
  • Introduction to Microalgae Part 2 (43:15 min)
  • Function of Microalgae (43:53 min)
  • Nutrition of Bivalves Part 1 (14:14 min)
  • Nutrition of Bivalves Part 2 (48:07 min)
  • Chemical Ecology (27:19 min)
  • Natural Phytoplankton as Bivalve Foods (1:02:07 hr)

Introduction to Florida Aquaculture Commodities

Sessions developed for the Cedar Key High School S.A.L.T. (Shark Aquaculture Life Training) Program during the Summer of 2018. The S.A.L.T program is designed to prepare students for careers in aquaculture by offering training in relevant vocational activities. To view presentation pdfs and handouts visit: Florida Aquaculture Commodities.

View the individual presentations listed below via the FL Aquaculture Commodities video playlist.

  • Recirculating Systems, Brian Catanzaro, Pentair Aquatic Ecosystems, 18 June 2018
  • Aquatic Plant Culture, Brandon McLane, Florida Aquatic Nurseries, 9 July 2018
  • Shellfish Aquaculture Regulations and Leasing Process, Portia Sapp and Charlie Culpepper, DACS Division of Aquaculture, 16 July 2018
  • Food Fish, Lauren Evans, Evans Fish Farm, 23 July 2018
  • Ornamental Fish Culture, Eric Cassiano, UF/IFAS Tropical Aquaculture Lab, 30 July 2018
  • Alligator and Reptile Culture, Allen Register, Gatorama, 6 August 2018
  • Water Quality and Non-Infectious Diseases, Ruth Francis-Floyd, UF/IFAS College of Veterinary Medicine, 14 March 2019
  • Infectious Diseases and Treatments, Ruth Francis-Floyd, UF/IFAS College of Veterinary Medicine, 15 March 2019