Martha's Vineyard oyster aquaculture literacy program: The magic of Martha's Vineyard oysters
2021 eeBLUE aquaculture literacy awardee - Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts
Martha's Vineyard Shellfish Group offsite link, in close partnership with Cottage City Oysters offsite link, Martha's Vineyard Museum offsite link, Martha's Vineyard Oyster Fest, and NOAA Fisheries Greater Atlantic Region Fisheries Office, are creating an oyster farming education program making the island’s oyster industry accessible to public audiences. Four unique learning experiences are kick-starting an aquaculture literacy initiative on the island: educational tours of local oyster farms accompanied by Vineyard biologists, a four-month installation at the Martha’s Vineyard Museum with an accompanying STEM program at the island’s K-12 schools, opportunities at an annual oyster festival, and hands-on oyster preparation and shucking events with notable local food experts. Read an update from the grantees in their July 2022 Harvest stories post: The magic of Martha's Vineyard oysters offsite link.
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