Foundations 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. It will meet on Tuesdays from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. from Jan. 16 to April 2 at UConn Avery Point. Financial aid is available.
The 2024 “Foundations of Shellfish Farming” course will be offered at the UConn Avery Point campus over 12 weeks starting Jan. 16. The classes will meet on Tuesdays from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. through April 2 in Room 312 of the Lowell P. Weicker Jr. Building. Registration is open and financial aid is available.
WTNH Channel 8 news broadcast a story about Connecticut Sea Grant’s shell recycling initiative on its April 19 show. CTSG’s Tessa Getchis, aquaculture extension specialist, and Michael Gilman, shell recycling coordinator, were interviewed for the piece.
Empty oyster and clam shells from Long Island Sound shouldn’t be treated like trash. They are vital components of healthy habitat for shellfish and other marine life, and need to be returned to their watery home. That’s the message shell recycling advocates are advancing as part of a new statewide initiative.
Dan Russell and Abraham Powell are at opposite ends of their fishing careers. Russell has been fishing for 50 years, while Powell was hired a month ago. Yet they agreed Safety at Sea training was time well spent regardless of whether they were seasoned or beginner in this ancient and perilous trade.
The newly published “Comprehensive Review of Connecticut Aquaculture Laws” assesses the state’s aquaculture laws, compares various aspects of Connecticut’s aquaculture laws to those of competitor states, addresses 11 major questions and suggests policy changes to strengthen regulatory systems.
The UN & WHO have released a major report on seaweed safety naming Connecticut Sea Grant’s Anoushka Concepcion as one of 17 experts contributing to the document.
WNPR’s “Where We Live” show on June 10 focused on Connecticut’s kelp industry, with host Lucy Nalpathanchil interviewing CTSG Aquaculture Extension Specialist Anoushka Concepcion, a kelp farmer and a chef who uses it in menu items.
CT Sea Grant, the CT Department of Agriculture and the CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection are seeking comments from the public on a discussion draft of the Connecticut Shellfish Restoration Guide.
After a dozen years running Indian River Shellfish, Michael Gilman knows well the yin and yang of oyster farming. “It’s really hard to know what this job entails unless you’ve really lived it,” he said.