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