Workshops, Classes, Seminars

The Extension’s Marine Team is engaged in educating residents on species and habitats in our surrounding waters as well as providing hands-on opportunities to restore and sustain shellfish to bay habitats. Below is a list of current educational events.


The 2022 Fundamentals of Shellfish Farming Class is FULL.  To be placed on the list of people to be notified about the 2023 class, please email

This 10-week virtual interactive course covers the basics of shellfish aquaculture with an emphasis on learning practical information. Students will be introduced to shellfish biology, hatchery & nursery production, field grow-out of oysters and clams, and safe shellfish handling and harvest practices. The course will also include materials on the management of predators, pests and diseases, as well as basic information on business management, permitting, and safety.

Staff from Cape Cod Cooperative Extension and Woods Hole Sea Grant teach this course along with guest lectures from people who farm shellfish for a living and experts in particular fields such as shellfish diseases and permitting procedures. Technical support will be provided for taking a class via Zoom.

Additional optional field trips will be offered (times and dates to be determined) if it is safe to do so considering the COVID-19 pandemic. Cost for the 10-week course is $75.00. Students wishing to receive a certificate of successful completion of the course will take a final open-book exam. Certification will be issued by the Southeastern Massachusetts Aquaculture Center (SEMAC) Board of Directors to students with an exam score of 80% or better.

FOSF 2022 Class Syllabus



On May 29, 2015 Woods Hole Sea Grant, Cape Cod Cooperative Extension, and the Natural Resources Conservation Service teamed up to offer a workshop on techniques to stabilize shorelines using plant species other than beachgrass.  Click here to see the agenda:Coastal Plants Workshop Agenda

Presentations from Coastal Plants 2015 Workshop
GregBerman – Recent and Future Erosion
RussellNorton – Beyond Beach Grass; Plants for Coastal Exposures
RebeccaHaney – StormSmart Factsheet
SethWilkinson_1 – Is Green Always Good
AmyHoenig – State-listed Species, Habitats & Plantings
GordonPeabody – Mimicking Performance of Beach Grass
SethWilkinson_2 – An Installer’s Perspective
TimFriary – A Grower’s Perspective

Evaluation Survey
Please contact Greg Berman with any questions.


We have worked with the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries, the Massachusetts Environmental Police and others to create and teach a course that certifies shellfish officers. This is an ongoing effort.


Periodic workshops address the hot-button issues proposed by the industry such as improving shellfish aquaculture production, improving growth, maximizing profitability, and encouraging environmentally sustainable practices.


We provide technical advice on a regular basis to members of the community, natural resource managers, shellfishermen, aquaculturists, research scientists, etc. Please do not hesitate to contact us with your questions about aquaculture and shellfisheries.

Participants in the Fundamentals of Shellfish Farming course gain hands-on experience planting quahog seed under nets.

A panel of experts answer questions at the workshop, “Management of Shellfish Predators.”

Teachers learn how to count algal cells under the microscope at a teacher training workshop on shellfish feeding.