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Florida’s shellfish aquaculture industry is expanding throughout the state and now includes more than 700 commercial leases among 10 coastal counties.
At the end of 2019, there were 719 commercial leases in use among 336 producers, with 56% of leases producing hard clams, 16% producing oysters and 28% producing both hard clams and oysters.1 The shellfish industry reported farmgate sales of $15.5 million in 2018, a 31% increase over 2012, with clam sales contributing 92% of that value.2 Florida ranked third in the nation for total clam sales and sixth for sales of oysters in 2018. *
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