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Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory

Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory

Craig Watson

Director

Craig Watson with bala sharks

CONTACT

UF/IFAS Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory
1408 24th Street SE
Ruskin, FL  33570
cawatson@ufl.edu
813-671-5230 x107

  • Education

    M.S.. Aquaculture, 1988, Auburn University

    B.S., Biology, 1981, Florida State University

  • Selected Publications

    Sipos, M., T. Lipscomb, A. Wood, S. Ramee, M. DiMaggio and C. Watson. 2019. Evaluation of cGnRH IIa for induction spawning of two ornamental Synodontis species. Aquaculture.
    DOI: 734226

    Lipscomb, T., A. Wood, Q. Tuckett, J. Patterson, S. Ramee, C. Watson, and M. DiMaggio. 2019. Development of culture techniques for the gulf coast pygmy sunfish Elassoma gilberti. Journal of the World Aquaculture Society.
    DOI: 10.1111/jwas.12646

    Sipos, M., T. Lipscomb, A. Wood, S. Ramee, M. DiMaggio and C. Watson. 2019. Evaluation of three embryo disinfectants on hatching success in four freshwater ornamental fish species. North American Journal of Aquaculture.
    https://doi.org/10.1002/naaq.10118  

    Watson, C., M. DiMaggio, J. Hill, Q. Tuckett, and R. Yanong. 2019. Evolution, culture, and care for Betta splendens. University of Florida/IFAS EDIS Publication FA 212.
    (https://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/pdffiles/FA/FA21200.pdf).

    Cassiano, E.J., J. Hill, Q. Tuckett, and C. Watson. 2018. Eastern Mosquitofish, Gambusia holbrooki, for control of mosquito larvae. University of Florida/IFAS EDIS Publication FA 202.
    (http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/pdffiles/FA/FA20200.pdf).

    Lipscomb, T. N., Wood, A. L., DiMaggio, M. A., Tuckett, Q. M., Lawson, L. L., Watson, C.A. 2018. Evaluation of spawning aids and administration routes on ovulation success in an ornamental cyprinid. Aquaculture Research 49:3926-3929.
    https://doi.org/10.1111/are.13865

    Hill, J.E., Q.M. Tuckett, and C.A. Watson. 2018. Court ruling creates opportunity to improve management of non-native fish and wildlife in the United States. Fisheries 43:225-230.
    https://doi.org/10.1002/fsh.10071 

    Degidio, J.M., R.P.E Yanong, C.L. Ohs, C.A. Watson, E.J. Cassiano and K.P. Bardon. 2017. First feeding parameters of the milletseed butterfly fish, Chaetodon miliaris. Aquaculture Research 49:1087-1094.
    DOI:10.1111/are.13558

    Broach, J.S., E.J. Cassiano and C.A. Watson.  2017.  Baseline culture parameters for the cyclopoid copepod Oithona colcarva; a potential new live feed for marine fish larviculture.  Aquaculture Research 48:4461-4469.
    DOI: 10.1111/are.13271

    Degidio, J-M.L.A., R.P.E. Yanong, C.A. Watson, C.L. Ohs, E.J. Cassiano and K.P. Barden. 2017. Spawning, embryology, and larval development of the milletseed butterflyfish, Chaetodon milaris, in the laboratory. North American Journal of Aquaculture.  79(3): 205-215.
    https://doi.org/10.1080/15222055.2017.1302025 

    DiMaggio, M.A., E.J. Cassiano, K.P. Barden, S.W. Ramee, C.L. Ohs, C.A. Watson. 2017. First Record of Captive Larval Culture and Metamorphosis of the Pacific Blue Tang, Paracanthurus hepatus.  Journal of the World Aquaculture Society 48: 393-401.
    https://doi.org/10.1111/jwas.12426

    Hauville, M.R., E.J. Cassiano, K.P. Barden, M.L. Wittenrich and C.A. Watson. 2017.  Larval development, growth and impact of first feed on the aquaculture of French grunt, Haemulon flavolineatum.  Aquaculture Research 48:4461-4469.
    DOI: 101111/are.13336

    Lawson, L.L., Jr., Q.M. Tuckett, K.M. Lawson, C.A. Watson, and J.E. Hill. 2015. Lower lethal temperature for Arapaima Arapaima gigas: potential implications for culture and establishment in Florida. North American Journal of Aquaculture 77:497-502.
    https://doi.org/10.1080/15222055.2015.1066471

    Cassiano, E.J., M.L. Wittenrich, T.B. Waltzek, N.K. Steckler, K.P. Barden and C.A. Watson.  2015.  Utilizing public aquariums and molecular identification techniques to address the larviculture potential of Pacific blue tangs (Paracanthurus hepatus), semicircle angelfish (Pomacanthus semicirculatis), and bannerfish (Heniochus sp.).  Aquaculture International 23(1):253-265.
    https://doi.org/10.1007/s10499-014-9813-3

    Cassiano, E.J., M.L. Wittenrich, G.C. Violetta and C.A. Watson.  2012.  Growth and survival of porkfish, Anisotremus virginicus, larvae: comparing rotifers and copepod nauplii during first feeding.  Animal Biology and Animal Husbandry 4(2):72-78.

    Hanson, S.K., J.E. Hill, C.A. Watson, R.P.E. Yanong, R Endris. 2011. Evaluation of emamectin benzoate for the control of experimentally induced infestations of Argulus sp. in goldfish and koi carp. Journal of Aquatic Animal Health. 23:30-34.
    https://doi.org/10.1080/08997659.2011.568858

    Hill, J.E., K.H. Kilgore, D.B. Pouder, J.F.F. Powell, C.A. Watson, and R.P.E. Yanong. 2009. Survey of Ovaprim™ use as a spawning aid in ornamental fishes in the United States as administered through the University of Florida Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory (2005-2007). North American Journal of Aquaculture 71:206-209.
    https://doi.org/10.1577/A08-020.1

    Watson, C.A., J.E. Hill, J.S. Graves, A.L. Wood, and K.H. Kilgore. 2009. Use of a novel induced spawning technique for the first reported captive spawning of Tetraodon nigroviridis. Marine Genomics 2:143-146.
    https://doi.org/10.1016/j.margen.2009.04.004

    Hill, J.E., and C.A. Watson. 2007. Diet of the nonindigenous Asian swamp eel in tropical ornamental aquaculture ponds in west central Florida. North American Journal of Aquaculture 69:139-146.
    https://doi.org/10.1577/A05-070.1

    Watson, C.A., and J.E. Hill. 2006. Design criteria for recirculating, marine ornamental production systems. Aquacultural Engineering 34:157-162.
    https://doi.org/10.1016/j.aquaeng.2005.07.002

    Yanong, R.P.E., J.E. Hill, C.J. Daniels, and C.A. Watson. 2006. Efficacy of 17-α-methyltestosterone for expression of male secondary sexual characteristics in the green swordtail. North American Journal of Aquaculture 68:224-229.
    https://doi.org/10.1577/A05-061.1

    Tina C. Crosby, Jeffrey E. Hill, Carlos V. Martinez, Craig A. Watson, Deborah B. Pouder, and Roy P.E. Yanong. 2005.  Harvesting Ornamental Fish From Ponds.  University of Florida/IFAS EDIS Publication  FA117.
    (https://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/pdffiles/FA/FA11700.pdf)

    Tina C. Crosby, Jeffrey E. Hill, Carlos V. Martinez, Craig A. Watson, Deborah B. Pouder, and Roy P.E. Yanong. 2005. Grading Ornamental Fish.  University of Florida/IFAS EDIS Publication FA118.
    (https://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/pdffiles/FA/FA11800.pdf)

    Tina C. Crosby, Jeffrey E. Hill, Carlos V. Martinez, Craig A. Watson, Deborah B. Pouder, and Roy P.E. Yanong. 2005. On-Farm Transport of Ornamental Fish. University of Florida/IFAS EDIS Publication FA119.
    (https://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/pdffiles/FA/FA11900.pdf)

    Tina C. Crosby, Jeffrey E. Hill, Carlos V. Martinez, Craig A. Watson, Deborah B. Pouder, and Roy P.E. Yanong. 2005. Preparation of Ornamental Fish for Shipping.  University of Floida/IFAS EDIS Publication FA 120.
    (https://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/pdffiles/FA/FA12000.pdf)

    Roy P. E. Yanong, Carlos Martinez, and Craig A. Watson. 2009. Use of Ovaprim in Ornamental Fish Aquaculture. University of Florida/IFAS EDIS Publication FA161.
    (https://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/pdffiles/FA/FA16100.pdf)