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Welcome to Oyster Farming 101, an introduction to aquaculture for individuals interested in seeking employment with, or starting an oyster business in Maine. Join Captain Joe Jerome of North East Salt Water on a field trip over to our oyster farm in Phippsburg.
This class covers a range of topics, including:
Our oyster farm tour is a hands on experience into the world of aquaculture, and is designed as a precursor to a more comprehensive course, like the ones offered by Aquaculture in Shared Waters.
Check out their website for a list of their advanced courses, covering topics ranging from:
Permitting and Regulations: Learn how to navigate the permitting and regulatory landscape for aquaculture sites in Maine waters. Engage with experts and guest speakers from the Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR) to understand the dos and don'ts of the process.
Site Selection and Equipment: Discover the key factors involved in selecting a suitable farm site, including considerations such as access, usage, weather, and biology. Get hands-on experience with aquaculture gear and equipment to understand their functionality.
Public Health: Gain insights into maintaining biosecurity protocols to safeguard your farm and consumers. Explore topics including shellfish handling, water quality management, vibrio prevention, biotoxin monitoring, disease management, and more.
Marketing: Understand how to effectively sell and market your aquaculture products. Learn about marketing strategies, sales channels, distribution methods, and licensing requirements for dealers. Discover low-cost tactics tailored for small-scale farms.
Small Business Funding: Develop a robust business plan for your aquaculture venture with guidance from industry experts. Learn essential aspects such as writing a business plan, estimating costs and income, and exploring financing options to support your business growth.
Whether you're a novice entrepreneur or an experienced individual looking to enter the aquaculture industry, Oyster Farming 101 provides the knowledge and resources necessary to embark on a successful aquaculture career in Maine.