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Registration Opens for the Summer Shellfish Farming Academy

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Frank López,

Carteret Community College is once again offering the Shellfish Farming Academy. This summer’s course covers shellfish farming techniques and strategies, as well as how to obtain a shellfish lease and start a business in North Carolina.

“Seventeen students completed the program during two sessions in 2020, with nine more completing the spring offering in 2021,” says North Carolina Sea Grant’s Bryan Snyder, the mariculture extension associate who leads the classes.

Snyder says earlier sessions of the Shellfish Academy already have helped students who now are completing the process of securing leases. “We expect to see several more students apply for shellfish aquaculture leases in the near future,” he adds.

Steve Anderman, a partner in Three Little Spats oyster farm, took the course last year and says it helped him understand the regulatory and business practices involved.

“The Academy helped me be a better educated participant in the operation,” Anderman says. “The course material and field work made me a better shellfish farmer. The Academy was time well spent.”

Students of all ages have enrolled in the Shellfish Academy. “I am a senior,” Anderman says. “I am 70 years old and still like to learn new things ”

Starting on June 22, this summer’s Shellfish Academy will meet on Tuesdays from 5 to 8 p.m., with outdoor field work (10 a.m. to 5 P.M.) on four Saturdays: July 3, July 17, July 31, and August 14. The course fee is $125.

Register here.

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lead photo credit: Bryan Snyder

Updated on June 22, 2022