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.


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 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

Topics Covered
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


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.