The UF/IFAS Extension Shellfish Aquaculture Program and Florida Sea Grant are sponsoring a pair of workshops focused on the oyster culture industry in the Northeastern U.S.
The first workshop will be Thursday, April 3, from 2-5 p.m. in St. Teresa at the Florida State University Coastal and Marine Laboratory, 3618 Coastal Hwy 98.
The workshop will be repeated on Friday, April 4, from 2-5 p.m. in Cedar Key at the Senator George G. Kirkpatrick Marine Laboratory, 11350 SW 153rd Ct.
The topics to be covered are:
- Introduction to on-bottom oyster culture systems and methods used in small farming operations in the Northeastern U.S.
- Start-up of a private oyster culture initiative in Martha’s Vineyard–from training and seed development to marketing and promotion.
- Development of best management practices for the east coast shellfish aquaculture industry.
The speakers include:
- Dale Leavitt, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Aquaculture extensions specialist, Roger Williams University, Bristol, R.I.
- Rick Karney, Director and Shellfish Biologist, Martha’s Vineyard Shellfish Group, Oaks Bluff, Mass.
- Sandy Macfarlane, Coastal Resources Specialists, Mass.
To ensure there are enough handouts available, please confirm your attendance by contacting:
Leslie Sturmer, UF/IFAS Extension Shellfish Aquaculture, (352) 543-5057.
Portia Sapp, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, (850) 488-5471.