Agriculture Press Release

March 19, 1998

Workshop Set On Developing Florida's Marine Aquaculture

TALLAHASSEE The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is cosponsoring a Florida Marine Aquaculture Industry Development Workshop, April 16-18, at the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution in Fort Pierce.

Aquaculture industry leaders and experts will discuss marine food fish production, regulation and marketing to evaluate which marine species have the greatest potential for successful culture and sales.

"Fish are an important part of a healthy diet and Florida has the marine resources to supply this need," Florida Agriculture Commissioner Bob Crawford said. "This workshop will help determine how we allocate resources to further develop our marine aquaculture food fish industry."

At the workshop, panels on production, regulation and marketing will evaluate more than 30 marine food fish species to determine those with the greatest potential for fish-farm production and marketing. The panels will be composed of representatives from the best marine fish culture programs in the Southeast, along with seafood wholesalers and retailers, and state and federal regulators.

Registration prior to April 1 is $20 for Florida Aquaculture Association members and students and $30 for others. After April 1, registration is $50. For information, call the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution at (561) 465-2400, ext. 400, or write to the institution at 5600 U.S. 1 North, Fort Pierce, FL 34946, or e-mail to: kmain@hboi.edu.

Other sponsors of the workshop include the Florida Aquaculture Association, Aquaculture Supply Inc., Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution, Hillsborough Community College, Mote Marine Laboratory, and the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.


For More Information:

Paul Zajicek
(850) 488-0163

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