The fourth session Harvesting a Crop of Oysters of this Online Course is now available.

The session starts off with an overview of harvest regulations (coming soon) provided by a representative from FDA, the agency which provides federal oversight. Also, aquaculture practices before, during, and after harvest in managing risks associated with consumption of raw oysters are introduced to ensure a safe product.

Next, executive directors from two industry organizations – Oyster South and East Coast Shellfish Growers Association – share their expertise in what it takes to develop a plan to market and brand your oysters. In addition, resources available from Gulf state agencies and other organizations are provided to help you market and sell your oysters.

Lastly, to improve the understanding of the market situation for Gulf oysters, information obtained from consumer surveys identifies factors influencing preferences for Gulf oysters and willingness to pay for branded Gulf oysters.

This is the final session of the Online Oyster Culture Course. If you are considering starting an oyster culture business or are currently operating an oyster farm, this course is intended to help you along the way. Visit the course website: https://oyster-culture.teachable.com/ to enroll. If you have any questions, please email Leslie Sturmer at LNST@ufl.edu. All the course instructors wish you the best in your pursuits!