Division of Aquaculture

Florida Aquaculture is an extraordinarily diverse farming sector across the species, production systems and geographic locations found in the state. There are an estimated 1,500 species or varieties of fish, plants, molluscs, crustaceans, and reptiles grown. Florida aquafarms culture products for food and non-food markets that include seafood (fish and shellfish), freshwater and marine aquarium hobbyists, high fashion leather, water gardening, bait, biological control, biofuels, or as "seed" for national and international aquaculturists.

 The Division of Aquaculture is responsible for implementing Chapter 597, Florida Aquaculture Policy Act, Florida Statutes, through:

As established in the Florida Aquaculture Policy Act, aquaculture is agriculture and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is the lead aquaculture agency. The Act directs the Department to coordinate and assist in the development of aquaculture and to regulate aquafarms with the objectives of protecting or conserving Florida's natural resources. The Act also directs the Department to annually revise the Florida Aquaculture Plan [Adobe PDF Document 482.94 KB] as well as creates an advisory council to the Commissioner of Agriculture, Aquaculture Review Council, that the Division administratively supports.

Mailing Address

Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Division of Aquaculture
600 South Calhoun Street, Suite 217
Tallahassee, Florida 32399
(850) 617-7600
(850) 617-7601 Fax