The oyster aquaculture certificate program was developed as a sustainable alternative to wild oyster harvesting in response to the depleting level of oysters in the waters of Wakulla, Franklin, and Gulf Counties. Threats caused by overharvesting, the BP oil spill, and narrowing public combing areas led many to find work in alternative industries.
Over 300 farmers have graduated from our program, and over 150 new businesses have been created.
The program’s mission is to provide residential oystermen and fishermen the tools to open their own businesses by offering training on farm-raise oysters in Wakulla County.
Non-credit certificate coursework covers farming methodology, aquaculture rules and regulations, lease setup, crop management, and boater safety. Students will learn in a classroom setting and on WEI’s 5-acre management agreement lease site.
Introduction to Oyster Farming
Registration Open July 26, 2024
Next Class: September 9, 2024 - December 2, 2024
This 12-week program teaches students the basics of operating and efficiently working on an oyster lease. Coursework occurs both in the classroom and on TCC-WEI’s five-acre submerged land lease and covers different farming methods, proper lease set-up, state-mandated rules and regulations, and lease management. Students are required to join us or a previous graduate on the water to receive hands-on experience operating an oyster aquaculture lease. No equipment is provided to students enrolled in this course.
Registration Fee: $300
Course Code: CWE 0002-#
Class meets every Monday, 6-9 p.m. in person, and every other Wednesday, 6-7:30 p.m. via Zoom.
Note: This non-credit course is not eligible for financial aid or state employee tuition reimbursement.