Registration open for 2024 shellfish farming course

Flier for Foundations of Shellfish Farming 2024 CourseFoundations of Shellfish Farming is a training course for new and prospective farmers and those who simply seek to learn more about aquaculture practices and techniques. Topics that will be covered include how to establish and operate a shellfish business; leasing and permitting requirements; considerations for gear, vessels, and facilities, shellfish biology, aquaculture techniques and best practices, and risks involved in farming shellfish. Although the course will concentrate on Long Island Sound waters within the jurisdiction of Connecticut, the topics and practices covered are applicable in the Northeast United States and potentially beyond.

When: Tuesdays, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Jan. 16 to April 2, 2024 

Location: UConn Avery Point Campus, Groton, CT, Lowell P. Weicker Jr.  Building, Room 312 

Instructors: Michael Gilman and Tessa L. Getchis 



Cost: $300
Download pdf of flier here.


Financial aid: Funds are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Preference will be given to underserved/under-represented groups including Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, followed by other students in financial need. If interested, contact us by email at Include your full name, company name (if applicable), and a statement explaining your request for financial aid. Please DO NOT register for the class. We will process registrations for all students receiving financial aid. 


Sponsors: Connecticut Sea Grant, UConn Extension, and the Connecticut Department of Agriculture 


*This course meets the Connecticut Department of Agriculture eligibility requirement for the submission of a Joint Agency Application for Marine Aquaculture.  


Additional questions, including requests for financial aid, can be emailed to: