Apalachicola Bay aquaculture demonstration pilot project

2021 eeBLUE aquaculture literacy awardee - Apalachicola Bay, Florida

Franklin’s Promise Coalition offsite link and Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve  offsite linkare partnering with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Aquaculture Division and Rattlesnake Cove Oyster Company to engage a cohort of youth interested in, and prepared for, the aquaculture workforce. Partners are demonstrating the potential for greater community resilience through aquaculture through community engagement and youth trainings. By educating local community members about career opportunities, and enhancing and communicating aquaculture education best practices, activities are increasing public awareness and literacy for oyster aquaculture in the Apalachicola region. Read an update from the grantees in their April 2022 Harvest stories post: Students carry on an important cultural and economic touchstone through oyster aquaculture offsite link.

OysterCorps students will continue to tend to the [oyster] lease through the fall of 2022. They will document their progress and share what they learn with the community through presentations at community events, via social media, and through a student produced video.

Anita Grove, Coastal Training Program Coordinator, Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve
Two students hold a bucket and dump its contents into an oyster cage.
OysterCorps students Elijah Mathes (left) and Morgan Smith (right) transferring oysters to larger cages during a visit to the lease, January 2022. (Todd Bracken)