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Nearly $1 Million Grant Will Help Struggling Blue Crab Industry

Dan Aquaculture, Florida, Industry News Release, Research

A researcher at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences wants to study the blue crab and a viral pathogen that infects it. Now, a nearly $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation will help Donald Behringer and colleagues study the disease along the entire western Atlantic seaboard. In Florida, several disasters—including hurricanes in 2004, 2005, …

aquaculture research

Funding for Research to Improve Livestock and Aquaculture

Dan Aquaculture, Cattle, Industry News Release, Livestock, Research

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced 40 grants totaling more than $15.7 million for agricultural research on the production of beef, dairy, poultry, pork, and fish that people consume every day. The funding is made possible through NIFA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill. “To ensure …

Certification Program to Teach Florida Students About Aquaculture

Abbey Taylor Aquaculture, Florida

In an effort to help teach students about aquaculture, Dan Conner, an aquaculture teacher and member of the board of directors for the Florida Aquaculture Association (FAA), has helped spearhead a certification program. Conner says he feels this program needs to be available to students due to the popularity of aquaculture in the state. The program also helps aquaculture farmers …

Raw oysters on ice. Oyster

FAMU, TCC Work to Improve Oyster Industry

Abbey Taylor Aquaculture

By Jaci Schreckengost One of the main goals at Florida A&M University’s (FAMU) Division of Research is to help create new ways of thinking and creating to benefit the agriculture industry in the Southeast. Tallahassee Community College (TCC) and FAMU have teamed up in an effort to help increase the oyster industry. Timothy Moore, vice president of research at FAMU, …

UF Weed Scientist to Lead Aquatic Invasives Center

Dan Aquaculture, Education, Industry News Release

by Brad Buck, University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences A University of Florida weed scientist has been named the director of the Center of Aquatic and Invasive Plants, a unit that develops environmentally sound techniques to manage invasive weeds. Jason Ferrell, an agronomy professor at the UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, was named to the position …

fisheries

U.S. on Path to Sustainable Commercial Fishing Waters

Dan Aquaculture, Industry News Release

Two new reports reveal nation’s progress in sustainably managing marine resources U.S. commercial and recreational fishing generated $208 billion in sales, contributed $97 billion to the gross domestic product and supported 1.6 million full- and part-time jobs in 2015 — above the five-year average — according to NOAA’s Fisheries Economics of the United States report released May 9, 2017. Also …

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USDA Announces $1.2 Million to Support Aquaculture Research Projects

Dan Aquaculture, Industry News Release

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced $1.2 million in available funding for aquaculture research projects in the areas of genetics, disease, production systems, and economics. Funding is made through NIFA’s Aquaculture Research Competitive Grants Program, authorized by the Competitive, Special, and Facilities Research Grant Act. “Sustainability of the aquaculture industry is important …

Copper Sulfate Kills Fungus on Fish Eggs

Dan Aquaculture, Industry News Release

by Sandra Avant, Agricultural Research Service Fungus on fish eggs isn’t only an eyesore for the aquaculture industry, it’s also deadly to fish and expensive to treat. U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists have found that copper sulfate kills fish egg fungus and is cheaper than current treatments. Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists previously compared the effectiveness of copper sulfate …