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Exploring Florida Aquaculture Public Workshops

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Second Saturday of each month from
February-May 2024, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Are you interested in learning where your seafood comes from? Do you know how to choose healthy and sustainable options? Find out by joining FAU Harbor Branch researchers and industry partners as they share their expertise! From your favorite seafood dishes, to restoring coastal ecosystems, you’ll learn how Florida aquaculture plays a key role in a sustainable future.

Workshops are geared toward public audiences- we welcome seafood lovers, educators, students, and all interested community members, as well as culinary, agriculture and business professionals. Sessions are free and open to the public; advanced registration is required to attend. This one-time registration will provide you with a pass for the entire series. Workshops will be hosted at FAU Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute (5600 US 1 North, Fort Pierce, FL 34946) and recordings of the sessions will be posted on this page. Participants are encouraged, but not required, to attend the whole series.

Please see the schedule below and for additional information contact the Ocean Discovery Visitors Center at 772-242-2293.

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February 10th: Introduction to Florida Seafood and Aquaculture
  • Florida Seafood
    Florida Seafood

    Did you know that Florida scientists and farmers are using innovative practices to produce clean and sustainable seafood? During this first session, learn about the status of Florida’s popular fished and farmed species, how to select seafood in stores and restaurants, health benefits from incorporating these proteins into your diet, and more.

    Presentations by: Jim Masterson, Ph.D. and Laura Issac Norton (FAU Harbor Branch), Katrina Bayliss (Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services), Talley Hite (Seafood Watch), and Sereia Films

March 9th: Finfish
  • Shrimp, Clams, and Oysters

    During this session, we will dive into the world of Florida finfish aquaculture. Experts from around the state will share about the species they farm, the methods they use, and where to find their products in stores. Researchers from FAU Harbor Branch will share how they have used research to discover cleaner and safer ways to raise fish.

    Presentations by: Jim Masterson, Ph.D. and Paul Wills, Ph.D. (FAU Harbor Branch), Damien Claire (Atlantic Sapphire), Joe Cardenas (AQUACO), and Sereia Films

April 13th: Shrimp, Clams, and Oysters
  • Finfish
    Shrimp, Clams, and Oysters

    Shellfish galore! Join FAU Harbor Branch Researchers and local business owners to learn about this amazing and nutritious seafood. From supporting the local economy, to cleaning up our waterways, there’s more to the story than you may think!

    Presentations by: Jim Masterson, Ph.D. and Susan Laramore, Ph.D. (FAU Harbor Branch), Michael Bobbit (Clambassador), Nicolette Mariano (Treasure Coast Shellfish), and Sereia Films

May 11th: Restoration and Aquariums
  • Restoration and Aquariums
    Restoration and Aquariums

    Aquaculture can be used for more than food culture. Learn about how FAU Harbor Branch and other organizations around the state are using aquaculture in innovative ways to save species and even provide stock for aquariums.

    Presentations by: Jim Masterson, Ph.D. and Megan Davis, Ph.D. (FAU Harbor Branch), Jon Shenker, Ph.D. (FIT), Jordon Noe (Oceans Reefs and Aquariums-ORA), Chandler Wright (Coral Restoration Foundation), and Hope Leonard (Brevard Zoo)

These workshops are supported by the Florida Aquaculture Specialty License Plate, which is administered by the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute Foundation.