Collaborative Shellfish Culture for Communities & Other Groups

Course Description

An introduction to the basic biological principles, methods, and theories associated with planning a shellfish aquaculture venture. Topics include marine environment, shellfish biology and anatomy, types of aquaculture systems, husbandry and harvesting, site selection and production potential, food safety and water quality, business planning, an overview of industry and environmental management codes of practice.

Course Objectives

The program provides an introduction to the methods and principles of shellfish aquaculture. It provides the essentials for anyone interested in establishing a shellfish enterprise. This program will provide the basic information to plan and implement shellfish aquaculture projects or businesses. The program will cover shellfish farm products and culture techniques, shellfish biology, environmental management, site selection and assessment, food safety issues, and enterprise planning.

The student will develop foundational knowledge and skills in:

  • Issues and planning processes for shellfish projects
  • Planning and managing aquaculture business projects
  • Current market trends
  • Biological and ecological principles of shellfish aquaculture
  • Shellfish culture methods and techniques
  • Principles of site selection, and
  • Role and importance of Canadian Shellfish Sanitation Program and food safety principles in shellfish culture

Class vs Field

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Course Schedule

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Course fees are refundable if you withdraw a minimum of 10 days prior to the start date of the course. Note that special refund deadlines are stated for some courses, and we are unable to issue refunds after those deadlines - information will appear in the intake's details available on the Course Schedule.
Non-Refundable Fees: Some courses may have non-refundable tuition, application, and/or lab fees.
Please note: A full refund is issued if a course is cancelled.