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.
FUNDAMENTALS OF SHELLFISH FARMING
Interested in getting into shellfish aquaculture, or already there but want to learn more? The Cooperative Extension Marine Program offers a class that addresses all phases of shellfish aquaculture production. This class meets once a week in the evening and 1-2 field trips will be scheduled on weekends. Cost for the 8 week course is $150.00.
The 2018 course begins on Thursday, March 22, 2018 and will run every Thursday night through May 10th. The class will be held at the Barnstable County Complex – Harborview Conference Room on Route 6A in Barnstable and will meet from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Additional optional field trips will be offered to enrolled students (times and dates to be determined).
Students may audit the course or opt to take it as a certification course. Certification will be issued by the Southeastern Massachusetts Aquaculture Center (SEMAC) Board of Directors to students with an exam score of 80% or better.
Registration is first come first served and closes on March 1, 2018. Payment must be included at the time of registration.
To register please email Chris St. Pierre at email@example.com with your name, mailing address, email address and phone number. Make out the check to “Barnstable County” in the amount of $150.00 and mail to:
Shellfish Class, c/o Chris St. Pierre
Cape Cod Cooperative Extension
PO Box 367
Barnstable, MA 02630
If you have questions about the class please call or email Abigail Archer at 508-375-6702 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Orientation and Introduction to Shellfish Farming
Understanding Seed Supply & Shellfish Nursery Culture
Clam Field Planting, Grow-out & Harvest
Oyster Field Planting, Grow-out & Harvest
Predators, Pests, Diseases & Other Bad News
Safe Shellfish Handling & Food Safety
Business of Aquaculture
COASTAL PLANTS 2015-MOVING BEYOND JUST BEACHGRASS
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
SHELLFISH CONSTABLE TRAINING
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.
TECHNICAL ADVICE AND OUTREACH
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.