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Induced Spawning Class"The University of Floridaís Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) is a federal-state-county partnership dedicated to developing knowledge in agriculture, human and natural resources, and the life sciences, and enhancing and sustaining the quality of human life by making that information accessible. While extending into every community of the state, UF/IFAS has developed an international reputation for its accomplishments in teaching, research and extension.  Because of this mission and the diversity of Florida ís climate and agricultural commodities, IFAS has facilities located throughout Florida." (UF/IFAS Web Site, 2006)  Extension programs translate science-based management techniques, including those developed through applied research, into practical application.

Extension programs provided through the UF/IFAS Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory primarily target the needs of Floridaís ornamental fish and aquatic plant aquaculture industry.  The TAL faculty and staff, however, also provide support to other aquaculture commodity groups (e.g., food and game fish) and relevant organizations such as the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).  Agency partners that assist in the TALís mission include the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)/Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services (APHIS) - Wildlife Services, which provides assistance with nuisance wildlife; USDA/APHIS - Veterinary Services, which provides assistance with federal regulatory issues and provides aquatic animal health certificate endorsements; the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) - Division of Aquaculture, and FDACS - Division of Animal Industry.  

Extension programs areas include general production, nutritional management, water quality, pond and recirculating system management, pest management (including pesticide applicator training and testing), reproduction, fish health and disease management, and non-native species.

Extension information and support is provided through on-site, facility visits; client visits to the TAL; fish disease diagnostics; workshops, seminars, short courses, and training programs; industry meetings; newsletter articles; and extension publications.

Extension faculty members also provide support through participation in relevant working groups and committees of various county, state, and federal agencies.

Extension Contacts:

Aquaculture Production,
General Assistance
Carlos Martinez, Assistant-In Extension 813-671-5230 x109
Fish Disease Diagnostics and Fish Health Management Roy Yanong, Extension Veterinarian
Debbie Pouder, Lab Manager
813-671-5230 x104
813-671-5230 x106
Health Certificates Roy Yanong, Extension Veterinarian 813-671-5230 x104
Health Certificate Endorsements Kathleen Hartman, USDA-APHIS-Veterinary Services,  Aquaculture Epidemiologist 813-671-5230 x119
Non-Native Species Jeff Hill, Assistant Professor 813-671-5230 x118
Nuisance Wildlife Jeremy Butts, USDA-APHIS-Wildlife Services, Acting South Florida District Supervisor 813-671-5230 x105
Pesticide Training & Testing Carlos Martinez, Assistant-In Extension 813-671-5230 x109

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