Friday, February 17, 2012

Oyster Courses Short (Maine) and Long (Virginia Summer)

These two opportunities to learn about shellfish and oysters recently came to our attention. Since we frequently have people approaching us seeking for interesting opportunities to get aquaculture or ocean science experience, we share them here.


We will be offering a one week intensive May term/summer course at the Darling Marine Center, Walpole, Maine on Techniques in Shellfish Aquaculture. 
Registration opens on February 24th. To find out more about this course please go to this web page 
This course is open to both UMaine students and anyone not engaged in formal study who desires to attend for general purposes.  

It is a one-week residential course during which participants explore the theory and practice of marine bivalve aquaculture as practiced in the Northeastern United States. Bivalve taxonomy, anatomy, reproductive biology and genetics; algal culture; larval rearing techniques; pathology and site selection, water quality and human health issues are among the topics to be covered. Prerequisites: general knowledge of biology or relevant work experience, or graduate standing.

UMaine students can register directly through MaineStreet. 
Non-UMaine students, please register through the Office of Continuing and Distance Education/ Summer University by calling 207-581-3143.

Virginia-  Oyster Aquaculture Training Program

The Oyster Aquaculture Training Program (OAT) administered by the VIMS Aquaculture Genetics and Breeding Technology Center is seeking another round of applicants for the 2012 season.   Attached is the brochure announcing this opportunity to learn through an intensive, hands-on program, working alongside researchers throughout the 2012 oyster hatchery season - and getting paid while doing it.  This is not your typical VIMS summer job – it’s a unique opportunity not requiring any previous experience or education in biology.  This information is also available at .

Applications are accepted online at W&M (  and must include a cover letter stating interest in oyster aquaculture.  The cover letter is a key criterion for selection that must emphasize level of interest and relevance, not necessarily prior experience or education.  The Oyster Aquaculture Training Program limits the number of participants to 4 in order to provide a one-on-one learning environment.

For more information, contact: 

Debbrah Pelata, ABC Business Manager, 804-684-7711,

Or Amanda Chesler, 804-684-7301

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