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Virginia Institute of Marine Science

Oyster Aquaculture Training Program (OAT)

  • Oyster Aquaculture Interns
    Oyster Aquaculture Interns
    The 2014 OAT interns (L to R) Kemarin Kim, Cailan Murray, Brittany Wolfe, Hunter Tipton, and Ryan Bethea during a reception held in their honor on the VIMS campus.
    Photo by Erin Fryer
  • Learning the ropes
    Learning the ropes
    OAT intern Kemarin Kim will take the experience he gained in the VIMS oyster hatchery and apply that in his new position at Cherrystone Aquafarms.
    Photo by Erin Fryer
  • At the scope
    At the scope
    OAT intern Ryan Bethea analyzes some samples in the VIMS oyster hatchery.
    Photo by Erin Fryer
  • OATs and ABC
    OATs and ABC
    (L to R) VIMS Hatchery Specialist Amanda Chesler, OAT interns Kemarin Kim, Cailan Murray, Brittany Wolfe, Hunter Tipton, and Ryan Bethea, and Director of ABC Stan Allen.
    Photo by Erin Fryer
  • Hatchery
    Hatchery
    OAT intern Brittany Wolfe hard at work in the VIMS oyster hatchery.
    Photo by Erin Fryer

Oyster aquaculture in Virginia is undergoing extraordinary growth, which will increase demand for trained technical and support staff in the Commonwealth, and eventually in Maryland and other states. The Aquaculture Genetics and Breeding Technology Center (ABC) at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science established the Oyster Aquaculture Training program to help meet the demand for trained staff for industry, and to assist its own oyster-domestication programs. The training program began in 2009 with the advent of generous private funding. The program, which runs from April to September, is now entering its 7th year.

Click here for the full OAT program description

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Click here to find out about the latest program and how to apply: OAT Brochure (pdf)