The Applied Shellfish Farming website has been created by a team from Roger Williams University, the Coastal Resources Center & Rhode Island Sea Grant, the Coastal Resources Management Council, and the East Coast Shellfish Grower’s Association. The goals of the website are:
- To provide viewers with information on a 2 year NOAA-funded activity to enhance and expand a popular and important Applied Shellfish Farming course offered by Professor Dale Leavitt in Rhode Island
- To allow access to information about the in-person course offered in 2016 and in 2017, including course schedules, syllabus, and materials
- To provide a portal into the online Applied Shellfish Farming course offered in 2017
- To offer additional resources for maximum learning of both in-person and online Applied Shellfish Farming course participants.
- Enhancing and expanding the reach of an established course to prospective farmers considering operating in Rhode Island, and
- Engaging local communities that host aquaculture activities in public dialogue regarding opportunities and challenges associated with the industry.
The aquaculture course, an offering of RWU biology professor Dale Leavitt, Ph.D., an aquaculture expert, is widely considered an important training element for newcomers to the industry. As Rhode Island is working to strengthen its aquaculture sector, and CRMC recommends the course to aquaculture permit applicants, the project will bolster the training component – packaging the course via filming so it can be provided as an online course to a wider audience in 2017. The current in-person course, 40 hours over approximately three-months, is continuing as it has for about two decades. Topics include shellfish farming, biology, site selection and permitting, leasing and business strategies.
The community outreach effort, is bringing government, industry and community interests together to engage in productive dialogue about the benefits – jobs and revenue – and concerns – noise, odor and equipment appearance — that emerge in municipalities that host shellfish aquaculture activities. An educational series, including talks from historians, ecologists, legal experts, as well as field trips to local shellfish farms are all part of the program.
Payment by credit card over the phone is now up and running. Please contact Rob Hudson to make a payment.
Payments by check are to be made payable to “Roger Williams University” and may be given to Dale or Rob in class or mailed to:
Roger Williams University
C/O Rob Hudson; Hatchery
1 Old Ferry Road
Bristol, RI 02809