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Florida's Land Grant University

Visit this exhibit for free from September 29th, 2012 through January 2nd, 2013 at:

Florida Museum of Natural History
University of Florida Cultural Plaza
3215 Hull Road
Gainesville, FL 32611-2710

Hours: Mon-Sat 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun 1-5 p.m.

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View the Smithsonian Folklife Festival site for more about the exhibit

Cedar Key Clams: Fishermen Farming the Sea

Shellfish aquaculture is good for the environment, economy and consumers. Cedar Key, a historic fishing village, has become a leading producer of farm-raised clams in less than two decades. Growing 175 million clams annually, this industry supports over 500 jobs and has an economic impact of $45 million.

Shellfish aquaculture

  • Requires clean water
  • Is environmentally friendly
  • Improves water quality through biofiltration
  • Is sustainable marine farming


  1. Cedar Key Clams: Fishermen Farming the Sea (YouTube)
  2. View Cedar Key Everlasting, an interactive flipbook

You can help!

  • Buy local and U.S.-produced seafood
  • Ask restaurants and markets to provide U.S.-produced seafood
  • Become a citizen steward and advocate for clean water
  • Clean up and recycle trash
  • Participate in local government activities
  • Demand responsible development in coastal areas

UF in Action

  1. Clam fishing

UF researchers provide science and education to support all phases of the clam culture industry

  • Increasing efficiency and profitability
  • Developing hardy clam breeding stock
  • Developing post-harvest methods to increase shelf life and product quality
  • Advancing farming practices
  • Working on the market potential of new clam culture species
  • Producing jobs for local fishermen

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