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Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Aquaculture Educator Resources

When students and teachers work together to study, produce and market aquatic products, there are endless opportunities for career exploration and hands-on learning in the areas of biology, math, chemistry, technology, marketing and business management.

The Aquaculture Educator Resources page is a tool to help you get started with and gather support for a school aquaculture project. Below you will find information, ideas, tips, contacts and resources for enhancing or developing aquaculture education in your classroom.

Benefits of Aquaculture Education 

Aquaculture education:

  • Provides students with a sense of ownership and responsibility.
  • Helps students gain technical and hands-on skills.
  • Offers opportunities for field trips and lab work.
  • Offers opportunities for community involvement.
  • Reinforces science, math, business and marketing skills.
  • Offers students the opportunity to do science rather than learn science.
  • Fulfills many Sunshine State Education Standards.

Aquaculture Certificate of Registration

Schools operating aquaculture systems for education do not need any permits unless the animals or plants produced from the system are sold for profit or unless a restricted species (e.g., tilapia) is possessed.

If you have a restricted species or plan to sell products from the education system, you will need an Aquaculture Certificate of Registration; however, this permit is available annually at no cost to educators.

Helpful Contacts

Agencies and Organizations

Aquaculture Education Sharepage

The Aquaculture Education sharepage is for educators interested in networking and learning more about aquaculture. You can add pictures, videos, lesson plans and important events from your classroom, or you can join in on the discussion board. Members include experts from the University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS), Florida Sea Grant, and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services who can help with technical assistance, regulatory guidance and a variety of other topics.

If you would like to join this sharepage, please contact Brittanie Gloyd at (850) 617-7600 or .

Florida Agriculture in the Classroom Aquaculture Resources

The following PowerPoint presentations will help teachers introduce sixth- through 12th-graders to aquaculture as part of a standard agriculture or science course:   

UF/IFAS Teach Aquaculture Modules

The University of Florida’s Teach Aquaculture website provides teachers with curriculum modules on aquaculture and aquatic sciences. The modules contain activities, PowerPoint presentations and supporting extension documents.

Module topics include:

  • Introduction to Aquaculture
  • General Biology of Aquaculture Species
  • Design and Operation of Growout Production Facilities
  • Broodstock Breeding and Hatchery
  • Water Quality
  • Nutrition
  • Harvesting
  • Plants

Funding Sources for School Aquaculture Projects

Funding Sources

Aquaculture projects may be funded by existing program budgets in the school system (including science, vocational and FFA), school fundraisers, donations, aquaculture product sales, and/or grants.

Grant Tips

  • Regularly visit websites like Florida Agriculture in the Classroom, the Florida Department of Education, FreshFromFlorida.com, GrantsAlert.com, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and STEMfinity for links to active agricultural education grants.
  • Don’t just wait for that one large grant that could fund your entire program. Look for smaller grant opportunities to help build your program step by step.
  • Be sure to follow all application specifications listed by the grantors, which may include margin sizes, font sizes, etc.
  • In your grant application, clearly explain how your project meets the goals of the granting agency, not just your own goals.
  • Be concise, but include as much detailed information as possible, including budgets, timelines and supporting research.
  • When calculating matching funds, include any volunteer hours that will be provided by students, teaching staff, outside help, etc.
  • Take pictures throughout your project to send to your grantors. Evidence of previous successes may help when seeking support in the future.
  • If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again! If your project is rejected initially, ask for reviewer comments to see how to improve next time.