There are several reasons for this. First, it makes sense for people to produce the aquatic organisms we consume instead of continually removing them from the environment. Land farmers have been doing this for centuries.Aquaculture at HCC...
Second, the aquaculture industry is booming. In 1997, Florida aquaculture sales reached $102 million and aquacultured products were the number one freight item at the Tampa International Airport. So, with this information in hand, the Florida Legislature produced several bills and chapters to help give a legal definition to aquaculture, name one regulating agency and help promote this growing industry.
With this recent interest in Florida Aquaculture, the members of the Florida Tropical Fish Farm Association (FTFFA) thought a program to educate and train people in the field was needed. Not many programs existed in the country - Florida had none. They thought it was about time. So, with the help of Hillsborough Community College and a host of learned, experienced aquaculture professionals, the first aquaculture program began in Fall, 1997.
Since the inception of this program, it has grown by leaps and bounds. More than 31 internship hosts have come on board to offer the hands-on experience to expand the classroom experience.