Oyster Aquaculture Certificate Program September
The oyster aquaculture certificate program was developed as a sustainable alternative to wild oyster harvesting in response to the depleting level of oysters in the waters of Wakulla, Franklin and Gulf Counties. Threats caused by overharvesting, the BP oil spill and a narrowing of public combing areas led many to find work in alternative industries.
Steering oystermen back into the industry creates a domino effect which will benefit the region’s economy. This leads to new aquaculture businesses and a need for specialized equipment and facilities.
Additional Attendance Information
**Due to Covid-19 restrictions, we will be limiting the class capacity to 15 students in order to ensure proper social distancing protocols can be put in place for a safe learning environment. Should we receive additional interest in our course that exceeds the 15 person in class limit, we will offer participation through zoom to those students. The first 15 students to register will be offered priority for the in-person class experience. We will still offer boat time to students, the number of students allowed on our boat at one time may be limited. Students are welcome to attend field days with their own boat if they have the means to do so.**