News Release

For immediate release - April 27, 2012

Challenges and Opportunities with Aquaculture

Aquaculture, the art and science of raising aquatic species for human use, is big business in Florida! Aquatic farmers raise fish for both consumption and for recreational fishing, and contribute millions to Florida’s economy. On Tuesday May 15th the UF/IFAS Lake County Small Farm Series will be exploring the opportunities and challenges associated with small scale aquaculture and pond management. This free, hour and a half long seminar will be offered at noon in the Umatilla Public Library.

This seminar is the sixth in a year-long Small Farms Seminar Series designed to introduce Lake County land owners to the opportunities available in agriculture. Dr. Charles Cichra, University of Florida professor and the Fisheries Extension Specialist for Florida, will be guest lecturing. Dr. Chicra is a world renowned expert in the field of fish ecology and fisheries management. He is the co-director of Fishing for Success, a state-wide program which teaches children (K-12) about fishing and the aquatic environment.

This program is FREE and open to the public. For more information on the Small Farm Seminar Series please contact Lake County Livestock Agent, Meg Brew at 352-343-4101.





Media contact:
Megan Brew
Livestock/ Natural Resources Agent

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