The role alligators play in Florida’s aquaculture industry.
Aquaculture is big in Florida; the state is a peninsula surrounded by saltwater and full of lakes and waterways. The alligator industry has been an important part of Florida aquaculture ever since the alligator was taken off the Endangered Species List in 1987. According to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS), there are over 1 million wild alligators in Florida’s lakes, rivers, swamps, and marshes. However, the aquaculture farming of alligators helps reduce illegal poaching while supplying the alligator meat and skins that consumers want. Explore the alligator industry side of Florida’s aquaculture farming systems.Read More