Monday, April 24, 2017

Oyster Hatchery Jobs on New Hampshire's Great Bay

Fat Dog Shellfish is seeking 1-2 seasonal Farm Techs to assist with all aspects of our rapidly growing oyster farming operation in Great Bay, New Hampshire.  These positions will run from mid-May through Labor Day and are ideal for college or graduate students between years.  Farm Techs will get hands on experience with all aspects of our operation including growing seed in upwellers, nursery cultivation, cage culture, bottom planting, and harvesting.  No experience necessary-just an interest in aquaculture and a willingness to work hard and get really (really) muddy-all with a great attitude.

The map below shows the location, which is close to the fun town of Portsmouth. It does not show the beauty of the Great Bay estuary and the active oyster restoration underway there under Ray Grizzle. 

Map of New Hampshire's Great Bay Estuary that once had an enormous oyster population. 
If interested, please email me at

Friday, April 14, 2017

Let Your Voice On Oyster Restoration Be Heard- Take the Survey

Speak up for oyster restoration in Massachusetts. Your opinion can be heard. Take the survey that is being administered by Doctoral Students at UMass Boston. It takes 5 minutes.

There also will be meetings in various coastal towns. Manchester will be on April 26th. When we get details, we will share them. 

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Hatchery Job in Long Island Raise oysters!

CAREER EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY – We are currently seeking a hardworking, career minded person to assist in the development of Great Atlantic Shellfish Farms located on the Great South Bay, Long Island N.Y.
JOB DISCRIPTION – The technician will participate in all activities associated with shellfish culture on a commercial scale.  This will include broodstock maintenance and conditioning, spawning, larval and juvenile culturing, algal production, land-based nursery culturing and maintenance, field system production, equipment and system maintenance, record keeping, data analysis and seed sales.
QUALIFICATIONS – A Bachelor’s Degree in marine science, marine biology, aquaculture or equivalent education is required.  Basic knowledge of the principles of shellfish production is essential.  Shellfish aquaculture experience is preferred.
SKILLS – Good record keeping, reporting and communicating skills are necessary.  The ability to properly handle a boat is preferred.
APPLY BY EMAIL – Please send resume to either:
Douglas Winter
Martin Byrnes

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Orleans moving ahead with exciting work on Nitrogen Removing Oysters

This article outlines the discussion around Orleans funding of a project on studying oysters as a tool for nitrogen removal. Despite discussion, the project was funded for another year. 

You can see the original article here.

Selectmen Digest Report On Nitrogen-Removing Oysters 22 March 2017

By: Ed Maroney

ORLEANS, MA — He who pays the piper should call the tune – even if it's the sewer piper. But some feel the piper – the regulators and consultants – are making the town dance instead.

Things aren't that simple, however.

In recent years, Orleans has explored alternatives to widespread sewering to meet nitrogen reduction goals for its waters. Among the alternatives outside of downtown have been low-tech and less expensive options such as oyster filtration. But the town is still hearing “prove it” from the state Department of Environmental Protection, and that proof comes at a cost.

At last week's board meeting, Selectman Mark Mathison voiced concern about the town's role as banker for experiments that may also benefit many other parties. He spoke March 15 after a presentation by AECOM environmental scientist Paula Winchell about results of the oyster pilot project in Lonnies Pond and its proposed second phase.

Winchell said testing of oysters from last year's experiment showed that 10.3 percent of dry tissue weight was nitrogen, a finding comparable to similar work done in Pleasant Bay. Almost 26 kilograms of nitrogen was removed via the oysters. The experiment deployed 200,000 oysters in 800 bags; about 127,000 were two-inch and the remainder one-inch.

The town's target for nitrogen reduction in Lonnies Pond is approximately 300 kilograms a year, and the total maximum daily load allowed is about 0.82 kilograms a day. The proposed second phase of the project would ramp things up with 3,000 bags holding 600 one-year oysters each and 4,500 bags with 250 two-year oysters each. There would be four one-acre “plot” floats of oysters: two over deeper water and softer bottom than last year's experiment, one in a location similar to last year's, and another over the same area used last year. This last would continue to add deposits to the bottom area where the initial study took a first look at denitrification.

Mathison asked if the town was committing significant money to an aquaculture project that would not provide solutions for all the town's ponds and that might not win the approval of state regulators.

“Why are we asking the taxpayers of Orleans to fund these scientific investigations?” he said. “They should be done in the research field.”

To Mathison's point that last year's study had confirmed what was already known – that oysters can aid in denitrification of ponds – the town's water quality consultant, Mike Domenica, said that the question is whether such a program can be managed over time so “DEP can bet on it.” More work is needed, he said, to determine whether the process is cost-effective per kilogram removed. “We can't put all the burden on one technology,” he cautioned.

Mathison called for more details on aquaculture plans. “What's the impact on moorings, boating, swimming?” he asked. “Not only do we need something demonstrated to DEP, but to the taxpayers of the town.”

“All of us,” Domenica said, “are aware of the elephant in the room, the long-term impact, the acceptability to abutters, growers” and marketing the grown shellfish. “This is what Year 2 will be,” he said, a look at those concerns.

“I think DEP should be paying for some of this,” Selectman Jon Fuller said. “Orleans is paying for everything.” Even so, he was reluctant not to proceed with Year 2 and lose the progress already made.

The board was to vote on releasing funds for further work in Lonnies Pond at its meeting last night, after the paper's deadline.

Monday, March 20, 2017

University Illinois Student Volunteers Enjoyed Oyster Restoration Work Most

This article by Jason Nevil originally appeared in the State-Journal Register. It illustrates how people enjoy being on the coast and engaging in environmental efforts like oyster restoration.

If her schedule allows, she wouldn't mind another alternative spring break next year, she said. "If I can, I definitely will," Bolin said.

Hailey Hawkins spent as much time around bleach as she did on a beach the past week while in Florida. But the University of Illinois Springfield junior has no complaints.
"It was definitely a very different spring break," Hawkins said Sunday. "But I had a lot of fun."
Hawkins was among 25 UIS students who traveled to Florida last week as part of the school's alternative spring break program.
The students helped with outdoor eco-restoration projects along the Florida panhandle Gulf Coast.
Past trips include building homes for Habitat for Humanity following Hurricane Katrina, cleaning up damage from Hurricane Ike in Texas and working with the homeless at soup kitchens in Washington, D.C., and New York City.
This year, the students assisted with shoreline restoration, native plant propagation, sea grass restoration, wildlife habitat improvement, dune restoration, storm water treatment, public land restoration and invasive species removal.
Hawkins said her favorite part of this year's trip was helping with an oyster-restoration project.
"It was cool because it was something that we couldn't possibly do in Illinois," she said.
But much of the work wasn't glamorous. Hawkins spent two days scrubbing the under side of a roof with bleach at the E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center in Freeport.
Other students, she said, spent one day on their hands and knees cleaning waste and other debris from a goose pond at a zoo.
"Your clothes were gross by the end of the day," she said.
Mark Dochterman, director of the UIS Volunteer & Civic Engagement Center, said each student paid $150 and had to raise funds for the rest to go on the trip. Once in Florida, the group stayed at the Community Collaborations International campgrounds near DeFuniak Springs. The university picks places that offer a different experience than what students could get in Springfield, Dochterman said. "I think students bring back a different sense of purpose when they go and give freely to a place they have never been before," he said. UIS junior Regina Bolin also traveled to Florida last week. Bolin said her favorite part was being exposed to the variety of eco-restoration projects underway in Florida. The work this year was hard at times, but Bolin said it was enjoyable knowing that she and her classmates helped make a difference.

Work with Oysters in the Vacationland of Maine

Oyster farm attendant

The Farms of Muscongus Bay Aquaculture and Dodge Cove Marine Farm cultivate delicious American oysters, hard clams, and bay scallops in the beautiful, and renowned Damariscotta River of mid-coast Maine.

We are looking for enthusiastic, reliable, and level-headed individuals, with an excellent work ethic, to come join our lively crew with daily farm operations.

Duties may include, but not be limited to;
  • -       Dragging
  • -       Culling
  • -       Grading
  • -       Processing oysters for market
  • -       Monitoring condition of broodstock shellfish
  • -       Fixing and maintaining gear

Preferred abilities:
  • -       Solid and verifiable boat handling skills essential
  • -       Happy working as part of a team
  • -       Organized and diligent
  • -       Quick problem solving
  • -       Able to lift 50 lbs.
  • -       Able to work in adverse weather conditions
  • -       Positive attitude
  • -       A good representative of the companies
  • -       Must be able to work in the U.S., and have a valid U.S. driver’s license

Applicants should send questions and resume to

Friday, February 3, 2017

Bivalve Restoration Job in Beautiful Shinnecock Bay

Located in the Hamptons on Long Island Shinnecock Bay offers stunning vistas.

Senior Research Support Specialist - 1603400 

Required Qualifications (as evidenced by an attached resume):  
Bachelor's degree in Marine Sciences or another related field. Two years of directly related, full time experience with advanced research related/laboratory activities. Experience rearing and spawning bivalves. Familiarity with established application and maintenance procedures for NYSDEC and Town shellfish licenses. Experience managing large data sets.

Preferred Qualifications: 
Advanced degree (Master's or higher) in Marine Sciences or another related fieldAdditional years of experience rearing and spawning bivalves. Previous involvement in outreach efforts. Public speaking experience.

Brief Description of Duties:  
The Senior Research Support Specialist will direct bivalve restoration efforts of the Shinnecock Bay Restoration Program. This includes rearing of bivalves from gametes through adults, the maintenance and expansion of bivalve spawner sanctuaries and oyster reefs as well. Incumbent will also play a key role in the cultivation of public outreach and education efforts. The selected candidate will have Outstanding written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills. They will have experience successfully working independently as well as part of a team with a collaborative approach to problem solving.

The incumbent will be responsible for the following:
  • Conditioning adult bivalves for spawning.
  • Rearing Larval bivalves
  • Raising juvenile bivalves (spat) on shell, cultch, and individually in laboratory, as well as in rafts, flupsy, and cages.
  • Growing large volumes of algae.
  • Monitoring bivalve populations in an ecosystem setting.
  • Deploying and maintaining bivalve spawner sanctuaries in coordination with public and school groups.
  • Deploying and maintaining oyster reefs.
  • Applying for and maintaining bivalve NYSDEC and town shellfish permits
  • Writing reports 
  • Giving formal presentations
  • Communication with government agencies, non-government organizations, and the public.
  • Other duties as assigned.
Special Notes: The Research Foundation of SUNY is a private educational corporation. Employment is subject to the Research Foundation policies and procedures, sponsor guidelines, and the availability of funding. FLSA Exempt position, not eligible for the overtime provisions of the FLSA. Minimum salary threshold must be met to maintain FLSA exemption.

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About Stony Brook:
Stony Brook University, home to many highly ranked graduate research programs, is located 60 miles from New York City on Long Island's scenic North Shore.  Our 1,100-acre campus is home to 24,000 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students and more than 13,500 faculty and staff, including those employed at Stony Brook Medicine, Suffolk County's only academic medical center and tertiary care provider.  The University is a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities and co-manager of nearby Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), a multidisciplinary research laboratory supporting world class scientific programs utilizing state-of-the-art facilities such as the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider, the National Synchrotron Light Source, and the Center for Functional Nanomaterials, and the New York Blue IBM BG/L+P supercomputer, owned by Stony Brook and managed by BNL.  Stony Brook is a partner in managing the Laboratory for the Department of Energy, and is the largest institutional scientific user of BNL facilities. As such, many opportunities exist for collaborative research, and in some cases, joint appointments can be arranged. 

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Thursday, February 2, 2017

Work in the Blue Green Aquculture Economy in Beautiful Coastal Connecticut

General Manager Job Description Sea Greens Farms (“SGF”)  is harnessing the power of sea greens to deliver healthier, more sustainable food solutions and empowering communities to create the new ‘blue green economy’ based on restorative ocean farming.

SGF is a newly formed company which will engage in the business of processing, packaging and distributing ocean-farmed kelp and other seaweeds (“sea greens”), operating Thimble Island Ocean Farm ( and providing scientific and business services to ocean farmers around sea greens cultivation and commercialization. The Sea Greens Hub will be a first-of-its-kind seafood processing and food manufacturing facility, based in New Haven, CT. At full capacity, the new facility will process over 1 million lbs. of kelp and other seaweeds, and employ 300+ temporary workers during peak processing months (April-June). The Sea Greens Hub will also manufacture and distribute co-packed seafood products for wholesale and retail customers.

The General Manager will be responsible for the overall operations of the Sea Greens Hub, which will be transitioning from an existing, smaller facility in 2017, into a larger, 15,000 sq. ft. facility, which is slated for completion in early 2018. The GM will operate in the smaller facility through 2017 and be involved in the retrofit and/or new construction of the larger facility.

Specific duties and responsibilities include:
 • Hire, manage and supervise teams of full-time and seasonal workers cleaning, trimming, cutting, processing and packaging sugar kelp, mussels and clams.
 • Hire, manage and supervise delivery and logistics personnel responsible for transporting raw kelp from farmers, managing inventory/warehousing and pickup from freight providers. This may include using outsourced transportation companies.
 • Hire, manage and supervise personnel responsible for maintaining equipment and electrical/plumbing/ventilation/drainage/etc. Developing a network of service providers and contractors to handle small and large jobs is a plus.
• Work with Sales, Procurement, Farm Manager, Marketing and Operations team members to ensure efficient and seamless output of products.
• Ensure that the Sea Greens Hub and operations complies with all labor laws, workplace safety, manufacturing standards, building codes, food safety certifications such as HAACP, CT state labor laws, etc.
• Work with architects, building construction, inspectors for the design, construction, equipment installation and operationalizing the new Sea Greens Hub.

Qualifications and requirements:
• 15 years relevant experience (e.g., General Manager, Plant Manager) overseeing facility in related industry – seafood manufacturing/processing/distribution or agricultural business.
• Demonstrated ability to manage teams of seasonal, unskilled work force. Majority of labor consists of Spanish-speaking workers, so ability to speak Spanish is a requirement.
• Experience of operating HAACP certified manufacturing facility, including developing and implementing safety standards, quality assurance and processes
• Proven ability to hire, train and develop employees and create the right workplace culture. • Excels at ‘fast-starting’ and relentlessly execution-focused
• B.A. desirable; certificate work in manufacturing or industrial operations a plus
• Entrepreneurial or startup experience a plus • Broad interest/alignment with sustainability, ‘triple bottom line’ businesses a plus Compensation/Benefits:
• Salary: based on qualifications and experience
• Health/Dental/Vision insurance, Workers Comp, Disability benefits This job is based in New Haven, CT.

Please send resume and direct inquiries to Brendan Coffey, Marketing & Operations Manager (

Friday, January 27, 2017

Oyster Demand Continues To Rise! Delicious enviornmentally friendly protein- What's not to love?

This article recently was published in Seafood Source.

Oysters remain king as growers race to meet consumer demand

By Madelyn Kearns, Associate Editor
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Demand for oysters continues to trend upward heading into 2017, with production capacity expanding to satiate consumer demand.
According to a panel of bivalve and oyster experts speaking at the National Fisheries Institute’s 2017 Global Seafood Market Conference in San Francisco, California, “the number of oyster growers [is] increasing just to keep up with demand.”
The rate of oyster consumption particularly at restaurants, remains strong, with the popular shellfish serving to elevate complementary species such as mussels, clams and scallops, noted the panel. While restaurant personnel are still questioned often regarding the safety of eating oysters, the species “remains king,” remarked a foodservice panelist, and demand for shucked items is consistent.
The sector will continue to content with changing bay and ocean conditions, as well as labor concerns and the consistency of wild supply. However, emerging grow-out technologies as well as new hatchery openings and “increased consumption on the live shellstock” are points of positivity for the industry moving through the new year and into 2018.