Wakulla Environmental InstituteOyster Aquaculture
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 a narrowing of 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.
Click here for a report of our restoration efforts utilizing our Oyster Reef Dome Technology: WEI Oyster Restoration Management Plan 2022
The program’s mission is to provide residential oysterman and fishermen the tools to open their own businesses by offering training on how to farm-raise oysters in Wakulla County.
Non-credit certificate course work covers farming methodology, aquaculture rules and regulations, lease set up, crop management and boater safety. Students will learn both in a classroom setting and on WEI’s 5-acre management agreement lease site.
Introduction to Oyster Farming
Registration Open July 29, 2022!
Next Class: September 12, 2022 - February 6, 2023
This 16-week program teaches students the basics in operating and efficiently working on an oyster lease. Course work takes place 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 either 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 0002-5
Class meets every Monday, 6-9 p.m. (excluding holidays and campus closure during Mid-Year Break.
Note: This is a non-credit course, which is not eligible for financial aid or state employee tuition reimbursement.