Industry Workshops


We offer workshops for individuals at every interest and skill level. Our workshops are recommended for students, entrepreneurs, biologists, fish producers, farmers, engineers, environmentalists, natural resource agency personnel, town/city planners, managers of aquaculture facilities, state and federal regulatory personnel, educators (K-12 and post-secondary), and others involved or interested in aquaculture programs.

Download the ACTED 2013 Workshop Schedule

Opportunities in Aquaculture
May 13-14, 2013 | Cost: $300 Aquaculture, one of the fastest growing segments of agriculture, offers unmatched career and business opportunities. This introductory workshop answers fundamental start-up questions for molluscan, fish, and crustacean aquaculture ventures. Aquaculture is experienced through lectures, demonstrations and behind-the-scenes tours.

Topics Include

  • Introduction to Aquaculture
  • Crustacean Aquaculture (shrimp, prawns, crawfish, lobsters, softshell crabs)
  • Molluscan Aquaculture (conch, oysters, clams, and mussels)
  • Freshwater and Marine Fish Aquaculture (catfish, tilapia, baitfish, pompano, cobia)
  • Marketing and Production Planning
  • Aquaculture Resources
  • Licensing, Regulations
  • Best Management Practices

Minimum Enrollment: 5 participants Late Registration: Add $50 to registration after May 3rd

Pompano Culture Workshop
June 3, 2013 | Cost: FREE Registration Required by May 20, 2013 to Attend A workshop on “Florida Pompano Culture in Recirculating Systems” will be held at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute (HBOI) at Florida Atlantic University in Fort Pierce, Florida on June 3, 2013, from 8:30 – 3:30.

The workshop will be free-of-charge and will cover the culture of Florida pompano including brood-stock maintenance and conditioning, spawning techniques, larviculture protocols, use of recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS) for grow-out, and economic outlook for RAS culture of pompano.  The workshop will also include an in-depth tour of HBOI’s RAS hatchery and grow-out facilities which includes a demonstration commercial scale RAS that is designed to reuse the water in a 20,200 gallon culture tank.

Registration for the workshop must be received by May 20, 2013 in order to attend the workshop. There will be a one hour break for lunch on your own.  HBOI has the Link Port Café on site that serves reasonably priced and tasty lunch selections. To make reservations for the workshop, call Jill Sunderland at 772-242-2506.  The attendance will be limited to 40 participants. For travel information see below.

A research project to design and demonstration of commercial scale recirculating aquaculture system for pompano and this workshop was funded by a grant from the Aquaculture Review Council and Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

AquacultureTeacher Workshop - For Florida Teachers Only
June 17-21, 2013 | By Invitation Only This workshop will introduce the Teach Aquaculture curriculum and provide a training opportunity for educators unfamiliar with the science of applied aquaculture (novice aquaculture teachers) in order to increase science education and literacy among Florida middle school, high school, and community college students. This workshop is open only to Florida high school and middle school teachers, and applications will be accepted February - April 2013.

Fish Culture Techniques
October 14-16, 2013   CANCELLED FOR 2013 -- please check back for 2014 dates | Cost: $395 This three-day beginner to intermediate level workshop highlights up-to-date techniques used in maturation, spawning, larval husbandry, and production of fresh water and marine food fish. Students will interact with HBOI and USDA scientists at the Harbor Branch aquaculture facilities and learn techniques through laboratories and classroom presentations.

Topics Include

  • Overview of finfish aquaculture
  • Site selection and facility design
  • Water quality and monitoring
  • Broodstock management
  • Hatchery operations
  • Live feeds culture and nutrition
  • Biosecurity and health management

Minimum Enrollment: 15 participants Late Registration: Add $50 to registration after October 4th


Recirculating Aquaculture Systems: Design, Engineering, and Operation
October 17-19, 2013  CANCELLED FOR 2013 -- please check back for 2014 dates | Cost: $450 Provides in-depth training on design, operation, and management of recirculating systems for culturing fresh and saltwater species. Topics cover design criteria and system construction, water reconditioning and management of water quality, solids removal, disinfection, biofiltration, hydraulics, pump selection and aeration. Provides practical considerations for stocking systems and developing feeding strategies.

Topics Include  (click HERE to see a tentative agenda)

  • Overview of recirculation systems engineering
  • Water quality and monitoring system components
  • Engineering design of individual unit processes
  • System management
  • Health management
  • Economic and risk evaluation

Minimum Enrollment: 15 participants Late Registration: Add $50 to registration after October 6t h


Workshop Information

Please fill out the 2013 Registration Form and return it with your payment to:

Jill Sunderland FAU Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute 5600 US 1 North, Fort Pierce, FL 34946 Ph. 772.242.2506 Fax. 772.465.5743 email:

Workshops cannot be held if minimum enrollment requirements are not met by the two-week deadline. Harbor Branch will decide to hold or cancel a workshop a minimum of two-weeks in advance. A late registration fee of $50 will be added to the workshop cost if registration is received 10 days or less before the start of the workshop.

Refund Policy

A non-refundable $25 registration fee is included in the cost for each workshop. Tuition refunds are issued if you cancel ten business days prior to the workshop start date. Otherwise, a 50% refund will be given. If Harbor Branch must cancel the workshop, then we will issue a 100% refund.


Limited campus housing is available for the following workshops:

  • Fish Culture Techniques - October 14-16
  • Recirculating Aquaculture Systems – October 17-19

You MUST be registered (paid) for a workshop before you can reserve on-campus housing. Harbor Branch is not within walking distance of grocery stores or restaurants. We highly suggest renting a car for your stay in Fort Pierce. The ACTED Classroom is located approximately one mile from campus housing. For more housing information and reservations contact, please contact

Travel Information

There are several hotels located within a 10-minute drive of Harbor Branch. Please click here for a complete list and for additional travel information.

Food Services

Coffee, beverage and snack breaks are included with the registration fees for all workshops. There is a cafeteria on campus that is open for breakfast and lunch.

Contact Us

Please contact Jill Sunderland for additional registration and workshop questions.

Please contact Dr. Paul Wills for additional ACTED and Teacher Workshop inquiries.

Last Modified 8/4/14