UGA Marine Extension pilots new education programs that investigate sustainable oyster aquaculture

The University of Georgia Marine Extension is piloting a new program for visiting school groups in the fall of 2015. The overall project, funded by the Landings Landlovers Inc., will provide hands-on educational experiences for approximately 190 students and the general public in a unique setting.

The UGA MAREX Shellfish Research Laboratory has developed an oyster hatchery, the first in the state of Georgia, to support a growing oyster aquaculture industry. They have created a program that will expose participants to sustainable aquaculture practices and provide enrichment activities that emphasize the ecological and economic importance of oyster reef communities and the important role that oyster hatcheries play in the sustainability of this important shellfish species.

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