Oyster Aquaculture Certification
The Wakulla Environmental Institute’s Oyster Aquaculture program was born of a need to sustainably grow oysters to overcome the failing oyster fishing industry. The Wakulla region is uniquely suited to cultivate locally-farmed oysters due to its nutrient-rich waters and warm climate. In addition to the economic benefits of an oyster aquaculture business, farmed oysters help fertilize wild oysters, encourage sport fish and are tremendous cleaners of the environment.
As part of the program, all students receive:
Assistance obtaining a submerged land lease and payment of lease fees
Materials such as cages, poles and line
Training in all aspects of oyster cultivation
Training in business management including marketing and sales
Upon graduation, students will have a fully operating oyster aquaculture business.
Due to its high demand, this program is currently placing interested students on a waiting list. For more information or to be placed on the waiting list, contact Colleen Dwyer at firstname.lastname@example.org.