Workshop on intensive oyster farming Friday

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State agencies and organizations are partnering to bring to the public an intensive oyster cultivation workshop in Cedar Key Friday.

The workshop, put on by the University of Florida's IFAS program and the Division of Aquaculture with the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, is from 2 to 5 p.m. and will be held at the FWC Senator George Kirkpatrick Marine Lab.

Topics to be introduced in this workshop:

• Overview of U.S. East Coast intensive oyster culture operations and Florida’s experiences.

• Rules of the Road: Conversion of shellfish aquaculture leases to water column usage.

• Navigational marking requirements, other permits, BMPs pertaining to seed sources, and public health regulations for oyster harvesting and processing.

• Development of off-bottom oyster farming gear and methods for the northern Gulf of Mexico. 

The workshop is free. To ensure there are enough handouts available, please confirm your attendance with Portia Sapp, FDACS Division of Aquaculture, (850) 488-5471, Portia.Sapp@FreshfromFlorida.com or Leslie Sturmer, UF IFAS Shellfish Aquaculture Extension Program, (352) 543-5057, LNST@ufl.edu.