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Longtime director of Tropical Aquaculture Lab earns national recognition

RUSKIN, Fla. — Craig Watson started his aquaculture career early. At 16, he started working on a tropical fish farm in Miami. Eventually, while attending Florida State University, Watson worked at an aquarium and tropical… Read More

Assessment tool shows 33 aquatic species worldwide pose ‘very high risk’ of invasion

RUSKIN, Fla. — A global risk-assessment tool shows 33 nonnative aquatic species worldwide pose a “very high risk” of becoming invasive in current and future climate conditions. “These species readily establish, spread and have severe… Read More

UF scientists discover how a native fish prevents the establishment of a globally invasive species

RUSKIN, Fla. — In the battle of mosquitofish against guppies, University of Florida scientists found that the native mosquitofish won, and that’s good for our ecosystems. Invasive species are one of the greatest threats to… Read More

UF scientists identify the potentially invasive Tropical clawed frog

Does the thought of a frog fascinate you or freak you out? What if you imagined one with claws? University of Florida scientists have confirmed a clawed frog species in the Tampa area, and they… Read More

UF/IFAS, FDACS to help teach science, engineering through aquaculture

RUSKIN, Fla. –[inlinetweet prefix=”” tweeter=”” suffix=””] It’s like “Finding Dory” comes to the classroom[/inlinetweet]. Through a $64,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm to Schools program, the University of Florida and the Florida… Read More

Few aquarium fish come from salt water; with research, that’s changing

Tropical fish hobbyists are pretty serious about their pastime. So much so that it’s a $40 million-a-year industry in the United States. Most of the fish in home tanks come from fresh water. Only about… Read More

Words to use and to avoid in describing invasive plants and animals

Most people want their yard to look good, but they likely don’t know the differences between an “invasive” plant and a “native” one, say University of Florida researchers. That’s why Basil Iannone and several of… Read More

150 and Counting: Florida Schools Teaching Aquaculture with UF/IFAS Help

RUSKIN, Fla. — Students are willing to get their hands slimy to learn about aquaculture. Youth in about 150 middle and high schools around Florida learn the aquaculture industry through the “Aquaculture in the Classroom”… Read More

UF/IFAS Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory Director Inducted into Florida Tropical Fish Farms Association Hall of Fame

By Kim Scotto   GAINESVILLE, Fla. – When Craig Watson, Director of the University of Florida IFAS Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory, got his first aquarium at age 7, he couldn’t have predicted the important role that fishing and… Read More