‘Introduction to the oyster culture industry’ workshop set for April 4

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The University of Florida IFAS Cooperative Extension Service in partnership with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Aquaculture is offering a workshop on the oyster culture industry in the northeastern U.S.

Topics include:

1) introduction to on-bottom oyster culture systems and methods used in small farming operations;

2) review of a private oyster culture initiative in Martha’s Vineyard—from training and seed development to marketing and promotion;

And 3) development of best management practices for the east coast shellfish aquaculture industry.

Speakers include: Dale Leavitt, Associate Professor and Aquaculture Extension Specialist, Roger Williams University, Bristol, RI; Rick Karney, Director and Shellfish Biologist, Martha’s Vineyard Shellfish Group, Oaks Bluff, MA; and Sandy Macfarlane, Coastal Resources Specialists, Duxbury, MA.

The workshop is free. To ensure there are enough handouts available, please confirm your attendance with Portia Sapp, FDACS Division of Aquaculture, (850) 488-5471, Portia.Sapp@Freshfrom Florida.com or Leslie Sturmer, UF IFAS Shellfish Aquaculture Extension Program, (352)543-5057, LNST@ufl.edu