Virginia Institute of Marine Science

Oyster Aquaculture Training Program (OAT)

  • OAT Graduates and ABC
    OAT Graduates and ABC
    (L to R) Director of ABC Stan Allen poses with OAT Graduates Janet Hanson, Marisa Franks, Jim Lachance, Cyrene Grover, and VIMS Hatchery Specialist Amanda Chesler and ABC Field Manager Nate Geyerhahn.
    Photo by Erin Kelly
  • Finished Product
    Finished Product
    OAT Graduates (L to R) Marisa Franks, Janet Hanson, and Jim LaChance celebrate the end of a successful internship, and a very impressive oyster made entirely out of tape.
    Photo by Erin Kelly
  • Tape Oyster
    Tape Oyster
    Throughout their 6-month-long program, the OAT interns would save any tape they used for labeling, and eventually had enough to make this oyster.
    Photo by Erin Kelly

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 5th year.

Click here for the full OAT program description


Click here to find out about the latest program and how to apply: OAT 2013 (pdf)