Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Why every coastal town should encourage oyster placement in its waters!

This poster lays out the case for oysters in coastal estuaries beautifully. Fortunes are paid to remove it from sewage discharges, but oysters remove this harmful material for free.  (We apologize to the authors for not linking to it on-line anywhere or if our reproduction is less esthetically pleasing. We did our best.)

Here are some interesting excerpts: 

  • Oyster aquaculture is an effective nitrogen removal method that could/should be used in combination with traditional measures in comprehensive nutrient management program.
  • The U.S. is running a $16 billion trade deficit in seafood. (This is our national wealth draining away.)
  • Since 2010 oyster aquaculture in the Chesapeake Bay has grown ten-fold.

A number of coastal towns face challenges with nitrogen levels in coastal waters. It is a particularly common problem on the Cape. It is only a matter of time before the MWRA and Boston begin looking at the Nitrogen water quality challenge.  

You can click on the image to blow it up.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Summer Internships in Oyster Hatchery- Learn a Trade, Travel, See the Maryland Shore


​​The oyster culture program at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science Horn Point Laboratory is now accepting applications for summer internships.  There are two internship opportunities available to apply for, the Oyster Hatchery Internship and the Aquaculture Internship.

Oyster hatchery interns are expected to become part of the hatchery team and learn all aspects of oyster culture. This includes, but is not limited to, broodstock management, spawning, larval culture, algal culture, settlement, outplanting, deployment, sampling procedures, data collection, farm management, and facility maintenance. While employed with the oyster hatchery, interns will also be gaining experience on a working oyster farm.

The Aquaculture Internship was founded in 2015 with the goal of preparing individuals for future employment on a working oyster farm. To this end, aquaculture interns will learn to set larvae, both on shell for bottom harvest, and on microcultch, to produce individual oysters for containerized water column production.

These are flexible summer internships but interns should start by the end of June 2018 and end no later than mid October 2018. Candidates should be able to work for a minimum of 10 weeks. Applicants must be able to lift at least 50 pounds and be committed to working in a wet, muddy, and humid environment.

Applicants also must be 18 years of age or older by the time of their start date. Stipend is $400 per week. Limited dormitory space may be available. Commuters must have reliable transportation. Long hours and weekend work are expected.

If you have questions about either opportunity please contact Julie Trommatter at or Stephanie Alexander at or (410)221-8310.
The deadline to submit all application materials is February 15, 2018 by 11:59:59 PM.
For more information on the internships and how to apply, visit our website.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Summer in the Hamptons! Job Opportunity Oyster Educator Position Long Island- lead the growing oyster gardening program

Seeking Oyster Gardening Educator

Part-time position available with East Hampton Shellfish Hatchery

East Hampton Shellfish Hatchery’s EHSEED (East Hampton Shellfish Enhancement and Education Directive) is seeking assistance with its oyster gardening program.  The program started in 2016 as a pilot project with 15 gardeners.  In 2017 it expanded to 40 gardeners at two sites and in 2018 it hopes to establish gardens at three sites with as many as 60 gardeners in total.  The program, which is modelled after Cornell Cooperative Extension’s SPAT (Suffolk Projects in Aquaculture Training) program includes presentations/workshops beginning in February and culminates with oyster garden maintenance sessions through summer to a final overwintering session in October (see schedule & information attached). 

Hampton Life- Drop in on one of your neighbors after work.

Ideally the candidate would assist with both presentations and oyster garden maintenance sessions so must feel comfortable in a leadership role and have the knowledge and communication skills required to relay information.  The candidate must be well versed in shellfish biology and aquaculture as they will be assisting the public in learning about and growing their own oysters.  The candidate must have small boat launching, handling and trailering (boat and enclosed trailer) skills given that the garden sites are located in three separate bodies of water and will require transport of maintenance gear between sites on scheduled maintenance days.  As mentioned above, please see the attached schedule to ensure that, at the very least, Saturday maintenance sessions could be covered.  Any assistance with other presentations would be greatly appreciated.

This position may also be supplemented with additional hours assisting in hatchery/nursery/field operations if the candidate so desires.

Hourly wage will be commensurate with experience. 

Please provide résumé and references if interested.


"Barley" John Dunne, Director
East Hampton Town Shellfish Hatchery
Phone: 631-668-4601 ext.: 7901                                                                                               
Cell phone: 631-816-3082                                                                                         

159 Pantigo Rd.
East Hampton, NY  11937

21A Fort Pond Rd.
Montauk, NY  11954
42 Gann Rd. (on Three Mile Harbor)
East Hampton, NY  11937

Napeague Harbor
Amagansett, NY

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Exciting Hatchery Jobs on Cape Cod

Farm Manager

Job Description
Aquacultural Research Corporation is seeking a fulltime Farm Manager. This position requires the management of several of our existing farms. The ideal candidate should have 3-5 years of experience in the aquaculture industry with farm management knowledge. A flexible attendance schedule is required based on the tides. Additional responsibilities include but not limit to:
Duties and Responsibilities
·       Planting and forecasting seed needs, preparing the ground and spreading and monitoring survival of seed.
·       Farming the crop - predator control, transplanting, and thinning, harvesting.
·       Records keeping of farm data from seeding to harvest and Maintenance.
·       Coordinate with other managers to ensure crews work efficiently to maximize harvest.
·       Responsibilities include the maintenance and repair of assigned farm equipment.
·       Strong communication with crews and Managers.
Personal Qualities and Skills
  • Reliable and Dependable
  • Leadership Skills
  • Time Management                            
  • Problem Solving
  • Attention to Detail                                         
  • Works Well Under Pressure
  • Organizational Skills
  • Excellent Verbal and Written Communication Skills
  • Motivated, Self-Starter
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Word, Excel & Outlook
  • Experience Driving forklift, Shellfish Farming, Boat operating preferred
  • Ability to work outdoors in ALL weather conditions
  • Flexible 30 - 50 hours work week based on the tides, including full or partial weekends
·       College Degree preferred
·       3+ years of aquaculture or farming experience preferred
Physical Demands
·       Must be able to sit, stand and/or walk on uneven terrain up to 8 hours a day.
·       Must be able to stoop, bend, kneel, twist, and squat.
·       Must be able to lift a minimum of 50 lbs. up to 100lbs.
·       Must be able to speak and hear well enough to communicate with co-workers.
·       Must have agility and balance to safely climb on machines, boats, etc.
·       Must be able to drive to multiple locations.
Commensurate with experience. Full-time benefits health insurance, 401K, paid vacation & sick time.

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Wholesale Manager

Job Description
Aquacultural Research Corporation is seeking a fulltime Wholesale Manager. This position requires an experienced highly motivated self-starter, with buyer/seller experience, and market knowledge. The ideal candidate should have widespread knowledge in the shellfish industry and HAACP, State and Federal reporting laws. The Wholesale Manager will network with Buyer Wholesale dealers and Fishermen. Additional responsibilities include but not limited to: Receiving phone/email orders, calculating volume needed to fill orders, create tags, manifests and shipping logs. Assist the warehouse personnel with packing for shipping, data entry and log keeping.

Personal Qualities and Skills
  • Time Management                            
  • Problem Solving
  • Attention to Detail
  • Works Well Under Pressure
  • Organizational Skills
  • Verbal and Written Communication Skills

Commensurate with experience. Full-time benefits health insurance, 401K, paid vacation & sick time.

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Sales & Marketing Manager

Job Description
As the largest shellfish seed supplier in Massachusetts, A.R.C. plays a vital role in Massachusetts and regional shellfish communities by providing the highest quality shellfish– from seed to table – to growers, chefs and reef-builders across the country.  We are a leader in aquaculture research and innovation, we support the shellfish industry through advocacy and restoration, we pioneer solutions to coastal challenges and we educate current and future generations of shellfish growers.

Position Description
 The Sales & Marketing Manager, a new position, is the public facing representative of A.R.C and handles all communication between the company and our constituents, including shellfish growers, wholesale customers, retail, website, social media, press, shellfish organizations and community relations. The primary function of this position is to maintain and develop customer relations, to drive sales, to deliver an exceptional level of customer service, and to build a communication model between the company and our customers. The ideal candidate is an energetic team player with more than two years of applicable experience, excellent interpersonal and communication skills, and an enthusiasm for shellfish and shellfish growers. 

Major Areas of Responsibility 
 • Build strong community relations through the use of email campaigns and social media including Instagram, Facebook, twitter, etc.  
 • Compose and collaborate with others to generate all written communication for the organization and make sure that all materials are informative, accurate, consistent, compelling and timely. 
 • Develop strong working partnerships with shellfish growers
 • Communicate with shellfish growers regarding their seed orders   • Coordinate shellfish seed deliveries with nursery manager and growers
 • Coordinate with shellfish growers for purchases of their market sized product
 • Develop relationships with our existing wholesale clientele and expand to new customers

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities 
 • Strong communication skills (both written and verbal) 
 • Organized, detail oriented with strong planning skills
 • Very strong people skills
 • High energy, flexible, problem solver, innovative, curious, risk taker
 • General knowledge of shellfish aquaculture and the Massachusetts shellfish aquaculture industry – will train
 • Self starter with ability to work independently 
 • Team and individual leadership skills
 • Willingness and ability to work outdoors in all weather conditions as needed
 • Proficient in MS Office, Constant Contact or other content management systems
 • Full-time, year-round position. In season, time of day can be variable with the tides and often includes full or partial weekends
 • Must be able to drive to multiple locations

 A.R.C offers health insurance for the employee and their family. We offer dental, 401K with match, life insurance, paid time off, and paid holidays. 

 Please email cover letter and resume to

 For additional company information please visit