USDA APHIS Wildlife Services
The mission of USDA APHIS Wildlife Services (WS) is to provide Federal leadership and expertise to resolve wildlife conflicts to allow people and wildlife to coexist. WS conducts program delivery, research, and other activities through its Regional and State Offices, the National Wildlife Research Center (NWRC) and its Field Stations, as well as through its National Programs.
When fish farmers need responsible and environmentally sound solutions for damage caused by wildlife, USDA's Wildlife Services can assist. Their biologists conduct onsite evaluations when feasible and practical to assess damage and identify the species causing it. They offer recommendations and technical advice, as well as management assistance, to aquaculture producers. In all of their work, they take an integrated approach to wildlife damage management, considering and using a variety of methods.
Florida fish farmers experiencing wildlife damage issues may contact Bob Alexander at the USDA Wildlife Services office based at the UF Tropical Aquaculture Lab at 813-671-5120 x 105.