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Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory

Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory

Craig Watson

Director (Retired)


Craig Watson with bala sharks


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

Google Scholar Profile

  • Education

    M.S.. Aquaculture, 1988, Auburn University

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

  • Selected Publications

    For the most recent publications, please access Craig's Google Scholar Profile.

    Hill, J.E., G.H. Copp, S. Hardin, K.M. Lawson, L.L. Lawson Jr., Q.M. Tuckett, L. Vilizzi, and C.A. Watson. 2020. Comparing apples to oranges and other misrepresentations of the risk screening tools FISK and AS-ISK – a rebuttal of Marcot et al. (2019). Management of Biological Invasions 11(2):325-341.
    link to article here

    Lipscomb, T., A. Wood, Q. Tuckett, J. Patterson, S. Ramee, C. Watson, and M. DiMaggio. 2020. Culture protocols for the gulf coast pygmy sunfish Elassoma gilberti. Journal of the World Aquaculture Society. 51(3):679-689.
    DOI: 10.1111/jwas.12646

    Lipscomb, T.N., J.T. Patterson, A.L. Wood, C.A. Watson, and M.A. DiMaggio. 2020. Larval growth, survival, and partial budget analysis related to replacing Artemia in larval culture of six freshwater ornamental fishes. Journal of the World Aquaculture Society.

    Ramee, S.W., T.N. Lipscomb, A.L. Wood, C.A. Watson, and M.A. DiMaggio. 2020. The effect of dietary 17α‚Äźmethyltestosterone administration on secondary sex coloration in adult female Rosy Barbs and Dwarf Gouramis. Journal of the World Aquaculture Society.

    Patterson, J.T., M.A. DiMaggio, C.C. Green, and C.A. Watson. 2019. Volitional spawning of captive reared age-4 alligator gar Atractosteus spatula. North American Journal of Aquaculture 81:291-295.

    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

    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.  

    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.

    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.

    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. 

    Lee, I., C.L. Ohs, J.S. Broach, M.A. DiMaggio, and C.A. Watson. 2018. Determining live prey preferences of larval ornamental marine fish utilizing fluorescent microspheres. Aquaculture 490:125-135.

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

    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., 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.

    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. 

    DiMaggio, M.A., E.J. Cassiano, K.P. Barden, S.W. Ramee, C.L. Ohs, and 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.

    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

    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.

    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.

    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, and 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.

    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.

    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.

    Yanong, Roy P.E., Carlos Martinez, and Craig A. Watson. 2009. Use of Ovaprim in Ornamental Fish Aquaculture. University of Florida/IFAS EDIS Publication FA161.

    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.

    Watson, C.A., and J.E. Hill. 2006. Design criteria for recirculating, marine ornamental production systems. Aquacultural Engineering 34:157-162.

    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.

    Crosby, Tina C., 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.

    Crosby, Tina C., 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.

    Crosby, Tina C.,  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.

    Crosby, Tina C., 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.