Science Serving Maryland's Coasts

Research Publications: UM-SG-RS-2011-15






Webster, D


Shumway, SE, ed. Shellfish Aquaculture and the Environment. Wiley-Blackwell. Chapter 16:447-459


Many aspects of education affect success in shellfish aquaculture. First, there are formal academic disciplines that can be used by practitioners to gain the knowledge required for building and managing shellfish aquaculture operations. There are educational programs that use shellfish aquaculture as a tool to encourage scientific learning and the development of skills. Then there are educational programs that provide outreach and technology transfer to shellfish aquaculturists in off-campus, noncredit programs designed to solve identified needs of producers. Groups involved in industry development, including the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (UNFAO), have long recognized educational programs as important in establishing successful and sustainable resource-based industries. This chapter gives a general description of the components of shellfish aquaculture -- hatchery, setting, nursery, and growout - and summarizes educational help for those interested in becoming shellfish aquaculturists. Educational opportunities discussed are K-12, 4-H and other youth education; university disciplines and undergraduate and graduate offerings; extension programs; and industry technology transfer through private companies and government agencies.

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