RI Shellfish Initiative



Shellfish Farmhand Training Program Underway

CRC, with its sister program, Rhode Island Sea Grant, in partnership with The Education Exchange RI (Ed. Exchange) and the East Coast Shellfish Growers Association (ECSGA), has been awarded nearly $750,000 in funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to develop and provide enhanced training for prospective farmhands for Rhode Island’s thriving aquaculture industry. The project was one of 22 selected nationally to further advance the development of a sustainable marine and coastal aquaculture industry in the U.S. During the three-year effort, CRC Sustainable Fisheries Manager Azure Cygler will work closely with Cameron Ennis, Ed. Exchange Executive Director, and Dr. Robert Rheault, ECSGA Executive Director, to develop and provide an online job training curriculum, modeled after the successful in-person program led by Ennis and Rheault. The program is specifically designed to serve the needs of those seeking to secure work as farmhands within the state’s growing shellfish aquaculture industry. See more about the NOAA awards at: https://seagrant.noaa.gov/News/Article/ArtMID/1660/ArticleID/2700/Sea-Grant-Announces-2018-Aquaculture-Research-Awards