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Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory

Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory

Eric Cassiano

Assistant Extension Scientist

Eric received his B.S. in Marine Biology from Hawaii Pacific University in the spring of 2002. After a brief period with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife working in fisheries science, he began working for the Oregon State University Molluscan Broodstock Program, where he was exposed to aquaculture of the Pacific oyster.  After a few years there, Eric began a position in Cedar Key, Florida, with the University of Florida, where he was involved with various production aspects of the hard clam aquaculture industry.  In 2009, he received his M.S. in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences from the University of Florida under Dr. Cortney Ohs.  His thesis focused on evaluating Florida pompano larvae fed calanoid copepod nauplii.  Eric joined the University of Florida Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory in 2010 as a part of a new project exploring the production of marine ornamental fish species where his research focused on exploring the use and production of live feeds for marine fish larviculture.  Eric began as the Assistant Extension Scientist in the fall of 2016.

Eric at Busch Gardens with kids

Eric Cassiano bio page


UF/IFAS Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory
1408 24th Street SE
Ruskin, FL  33570 

Google Scholar Profile

  • Education

    M.S., Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, 2009, University of Florida

    B.S., Marine Biology, 2002, Hawaii Pacific University

  • Extension Publications

    For the most recent publications, please visit Eric's Google Scholar Profile.

    Groover, E.M., M.A. DiMaggio, and E.J. Cassiano. 2020. Overview of Commonly Cultured Marine Ornamental Fish. University of Florida/IFAS EDIS Publication FA224.

    Ohs, C.L., J.S. Broach, E.J. Cassiano, and J. Marcellus. 2019.  Design and Operation of egg collectors for pelagic spawning marine fishes.  University of Florida EDIS Publication FA 211.

    Cassiano, E.J., J.E. Hill, Q.M. Tuckett, and C.A. Watson. 2018. Eastern mosquitofish, Gambusia holbrooki, for control of mosquito larvae. University of Florida EDIS Publication FA 202.

    Cassiano, E., M. DiMaggio, C. Ohs, and J. Marcellus. 2015. Using Airlifts to Collect and Concentrate Copepod Nauplii. University of Florida/IFAS EDIS Publication FA188.

    Barden, Kevin P., Matthew L. Wittenrich, and Eric J. Cassiano. 2014. Candidate Species for Marine Ornamental Aquaculture: French Grunt, Haemulon flavolineatum. University of Florida/IFAS EDIS Publication FA 186.

    Cassiano, Eric J,. Cortney L. Ohs, and Jeff E. Hill. 2009. Candidate Species for Florida Aquaculture: Pigfish, Orthropristis chrysoptera. University of Florida/IFAS EDIS Publication FA 160.

    Ohs, Cortney L.,  Eric J. Cassiano, and Adelaide Rhodes. 2009. Choosing an Appropriate Live Feed for Larviculture of Marine Fish. University of Florida/IFAS EDIS Publication FA 167.

    Cassiano, Eric and Kevin Barden. 2014. Candidate Species for Marine Ornamental Aquaculture: Porkfish, Anisotremis virginicus. University of Florida/IFAS EDIS Publication FA 187.

  • Research Publications

    For the most recent publications, please visit Eric's Google Scholar Profile

    Boldt, N.C., C.R. Engle, J. van Senten, E.J. Cassiano, and M.A. DiMaggio. 2022.  A regulatory cost assessment of ornamental aquaculture farms in Florida. Journal of the World Aquaculture Society 2022;1-20.

    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 48:5439-5442.
    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.

    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.

    Cassiano, E.J., C.L. Ohs, and M.A. DiMaggio.  2012.  Stress survival in larvae of Florida pompano (Trachinotus carolinus) fed enriched rotifers (Brachionus plicatilis) and nauplii of the calanoid copepod (Pseudodiaptomus pelagicus).  The Israeli Journal of Aquaculture-Bamidgeh 64:793-801.

    Wittenrich, M.L., R.G. Turingan, and E.J. Cassiano.  2012.  Rearing tank size effects feeding performance, growth, and survival of sergeant major, Abudefduf saxatilis, larvae.  Aquaculture Aquarium Conservation & Legislation 5(5):393-402.

    Cassiano, E.J., C.L. Ohs, C.R. Weirich, N.E. Breen, and A.L. Rhyne.  2011.  Performance of larval Florida pompano, Trachinotus carolinus, fed nauplii of the calanoid copepod Pseudodiaptomus pelagicus.  North American Journal of Aquaculture 73:114-123.