Shellfish workshops offered in Ketchikan and Homer
By DEBORAH MERCY
May 07, 2015
The workshops teach scientific methods for successful shellfish aquaculture, site selection, shellfish biology, permitting and regulations and methods of farming five Alaska shellfish species. Ray RaLonde, who is leading the workshops, has 24 years of experience in the Alaska shellfish industry.
The first set of workshops will take place in Ketchikan. Introduction to Shellfish Aquaculture, Module 1, will be at the Robertson Building, May 14–16. Module 2 will be at the Paul Building, May 20–22.
The second set of workshops will be held in Homer at the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center. Introduction to Shellfish Aquaculture, Module 1, will be June 1–3 and Module 2 will be June 6–8.
Introduction to Shellfish Aquaculture, Module 1 is a comprehensive 3-day workshop that will teach he essentials of beginning shellfish farming. This workshop is the first of two modules. Module 1 is a comprehensive workshop including lectures, labs, guest speakers, and field experience in oyster farming practices. The workshop is led by Ray RaLonde, with 24 years of experience as the aquaculture specialist for the Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program (MAP). Quentin Fong, business specialist for MAP, will teach a session on shellfish marketing. The course concentrates on Alaska-based knowledge, research, and actual farming experience. One university credit is optional with completion of an assignment.
Introduction to Shellfish Aquaculture Module 2 is also led by Ray RaLonde. Course content includes advanced oyster farming techniques and adds farming practices for the Alaska littleneck clam, geoduck clam, blue mussel, and purple hinge rock scallop. Instruction includes lectures, laboratories, one-day of field experience, and five hours of practical business management training. All course content concentrates on Alaska-based knowledge, research, and actual farming experience.
The Ketchikan-based workshops are sponsored by the Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program, and cosponsored by the University of Alaska Southeast – Ketchikan and OceansAlaska.
The Homer-based workshops are sponsored by the Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program, with cosponsors Kachemak Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Kachemak Mariculture Association and Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center in Homer.
Alaska Sea Grant is part of the School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and part of the National Sea Grant Program, a division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
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