UF/IFAS Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory Director Inducted into Florida Tropical Fish Farms Association Hall of Fame

Dan Aquaculture, Florida, Industry News Release

When Craig Watson, Director of the University of Florida IFAS Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory, got his first aquarium at age 7, he couldn’t have predicted the important role that fishing and aquaculture would play in his life. “My brother and I would spend hours watching the fish, but I had no idea then it would be the beginning of a career.” On June …


FSA’s Risk Mitigation Program Pays Off After Irma for Florida Shellfish Hatchery

Dan Aquaculture, Florida, Industry News Release

Bay Shellfish Company is a commercial hatchery in Florida, located south of the Tampa Bay area on Terra Ceia Island. The operation, opened in 1996, is the first commercial hatchery to produce commercial oyster seed in the state. “We produce shellfish for research, restoration and commercial production,” said Curtis Hemmel, owner and operator of Bay Shellfish Company. Hemmel’s company isNAP …


USDA Reopens Application Period for Producers Recovering from Cattle Loss, Other Disasters

Dan Aquaculture, Cattle, Economy, Industry News Release, Pollinators

Signup Begins June 4 for Livestock Indemnity Program and Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honey Bees, and Farm-raised Fish The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will begin accepting disaster assistance program applications on June 4 from agricultural producers who suffered livestock, honeybees, farm-raised fish and other losses due to natural disasters. USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) is reopening the application period for two …

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SBA Deadline to Apply for Working Capital Loans in Alabama is May 1

Dan Alabama, Aquaculture, Economy, Industry News Release

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is reminding businesses in Alabama that working capital loans are still available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and private nonprofit organizations affected by Tropical Storm Cindy with tornadoes and flooding on June 21-23, 2017. “Businesses that suffered economic losses as a result of the disaster and want to …


How Much Seafood Did You Eat? Photos Jog Memory, Aid Scientific Recommendations

Dan Aquaculture, Florida, Industry News Release, Research

Seafood can be a tasty source of protein that supports a healthy, balanced diet. But too much of anything is not always beneficial, said Anne Mathews, a food and human nutrition scientist with the University of Florida Institute for Food and Agricultural Sciences. To assess health risks versus benefits of consuming certain seafood products, scientists analyze seafood for nutritional value …

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Deadline Approaching in Southeast for SBA Working Loans

Dan Alabama, Aquaculture, Florida, Georgia, Industry News Release

Alabama SBA Working Capital Loans The U.S. Small Business Administration is reminding small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations that April 16 is the filing deadline for federal economic injury disaster loans in Alabama as a result of the rainfall, wind, flooding, flash flooding and Tropical Storm Cindy from May 1 through …


UF/IFAS Researchers Blame Cold for Fish Kills, Offer Suggestions

Dan Aquaculture, Industry News Release

Cold weather is killing fish in northern and Central Florida counties, according to University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers, who are also offering some solutions. “In an aquaculture operation, farmers can cover their ponds with a frame covered with plastic, as ornamental fish farmers do in the Tampa area to protect their fish from the cold,” …


Florida Commissioner’s Spotlight: FRESH! Recipe – FL Shrimp and Clams

Dan Aquaculture, FL Commissioner Report, Florida

Looking for a great seafood recipe to bring to your next tailgate or gathering? On this week’s Commissioner’s Spotlight, Florida’s Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam is joined by Executive Chef Justin Timineri to share his latest recipe video, Florida Shrimp and Clams. FRESH! Recipe – FL Shrimp and Clams You can follow Florida Commissioner Adam Putnam on Facebook, Twitter, and …

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USDA Invests in Research to Improve Domestic Aquaculture Production

Dan Aquaculture, Industry News Release

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced grants to support the development of environmentally and economically sustainable aquaculture in the U.S. These awards were made through the Aquaculture Research Program authorized by the Competitive Special and Facilities Research Grants Act, administered by NIFA. “By 2030, it’s estimated that nearly two-thirds of fish consumed …