RWU Practical Shellfish Farming Course To Teach Local Residents How To Manage An Oyster Garden

BRISTOL, R.I., Jan. 21, 2014 – The Roger Williams University Center for Economic and Environmental Development today announced it is presently enrolling students to its non-credit course in Practical Shellfish Farming for the spring 2014 semester. This course will provide interested individuals the technical information needed to confidently undertake a small shellfish farming enterprise in Rhode Island and nearby areas of southern New England. All aspects of shellfish farming, from the broodstock to the market, will be covered over the twelve-week course. Students will learn the basic principles of hatchery, nursery and grow-out operations; as well as risk management, siting and permitting, and business management.


Associate Professor and Aquaculture Extension Specialist, Dr. Dale Leavitt, will instruct the course which will be held on the Bristol, R.I. campus of Roger Williams University. The course will consist of a minimum of twelve classes, which will be held on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The class will commence on Jan. 28, 2014 and run through April 29, 2014, weather permitting. The fee for the entire twelve-week course, including all handout materials, is $125 per student. Students may attend classes on a drop-in basis at a rate of $10 per evening session. Pre-registration is preferred by contacting Cheryl Francis at (401)254-3110 or cfrancis@rwu.edu, or Dale Leavitt at dleavitt@rwu.edu.

Session topics and dates are as follows:

Date Discussion Topics

Jan. 28 Introductions and Shellfish Aquaculture Overview

Feb. 4 Shellfish Biology

Feb. 11 Site Selection & Monitoring

Feb. 18 Shellfish Growout Systems I – Oysters

Feb. 25 No class

Mar. 4 Shellfish Growout Systems II – Quahogs & other Clams

Mar. 11 Shellfish Growout Systems III – Scallops & Mussels

Mar. 18 Shellfish Nursery Systems I

Mar. 25 Shellfish Nursery Systems II

Apr. 1 No class

Apr. 8 Risks to Growing Shellfish I – Predators & Pests

Apr. 15 Risks to Growing Shellfish II – Diseases

Apr. 22 Permitting/Regulations

Apr. 29 Shellfish Business Management

May 6 Shellfish Hatchery Techniques (optional)    


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