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Fundamentals of Shellfish Farming

The 2022 Class is FULL as of 12/29/21.  To be placed on the wait list, please email

The Fundamentals of Shellfish Farming class will be offered in 2022 via Zoom on Wednesday nights starting on January 26th. Class will meet from  7-8:15 p.m..  If you are interested in this class please email

The schedule is as follows:
January 26th
February 2, 9, 16, 23
SKIP March 2 (but will have a homework assignment)
March 9, 16, 23, 30
April 6
Online open book exam period: April 6-13

This 10-week virtual interactive course will cover 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 will 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.

Every week a reading or homework assignment will be given that should take 30 minutes outside of class time. 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.If cost is a concern please contact for scholarship options.

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.