Agriculture Press Release
January 28, 1998
TALLAHASSEE The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will begin the biennial survey of aquaculture producers in February to measure the economic impact of the industry.
The survey will include all known commercial producers of tropical ornamental fish, catfish, sport or game fish, oysters, clams, tilapia, crawfish, alligators and aquatic plants.
Most producers will be contacted by telephone and asked for their production and sales in 1997 and plans for future production. Some producers will be interviewed in person.
All information received from individual producers on acreage, production and sales will be kept confidential and used only in compiling area and state totals.
"This survey will provide important information about the aquaculture industry, which will be vital to producers, researchers, legislators and others planning for the future of the industry," Florida Agriculture Commissioner Bob Crawford said. "I urge all producers to cooperate in this effort."
The aquaculture survey was initiated in 1988 and has been conducted every two years since then to record data from the previous calendar year. The last survey showed that Florida producers sold a record $79 million in aquacultural products in 1995.
Results of the current survey will be available in a report to be issued by early June, after all data have been reviewed and summarized. Aquaculture producers and others may receive a free copy of the report upon request.
Aquatic producers who have not been contacted about the survey by late March should contact the Florida Agricultural Statistics Service, 1222 Woodward Street, Orlando, FL 32803, or call Carl Ouzts at 1-800-344-6277.
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