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      Wednesday, April 25, 2012

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

    Local Organizations Announce Workshop on Economically and
    Environmentally Sustainable Subtidal Shellfish Aquaculture Techniques

    On May 5, 2012, the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies (PCCS), the Cape Cod Cooperative Extension/Woods Hole Sea Grant (CCCE/WHSG) and the Shellfish Departments of Provincetown and Truro, with support from the Cape Cod Economic Development Council, will offer a workshop on "Economically and Environmentally Sustainable Subtidal Shellfish Aquaculture Techniques."

    The event will include presentations by local shellfish growers, scientists, and town and state officials on a variety of topics including subtidal shellfish culture techniques, shellfish aquaculture management, economics and marketing, preventing marine animal entanglement, food safety/health, and scientific research.

    This workshop is free and open to all, but is particularly relevant to prospective shellfish growers hoping to pursue shellfish aquaculture in the new community Provincetown-Truro Aquaculture Development Area (ADA) and to individuals who want to learn more about sustainable subtidal aquaculture techniques.

    Subtidal (below the low tide line) aquaculture differs from the more common intertidal methods used on Cape Cod, as it is conducted in deeper water (approximately 20 feet) and poses unique challenges due to the need to access shellfish stock in deeper water via floating cages, diving, or other means.

    The workshop will take place between 9 am and 5 pm at the PCCS Hiebert Marine Lab at 5 Holway Avenue, Provincetown. For more information, or to register for the workshop, please contact Owen Nichols at 508-487-3623 x 128 or email Nichols@coastalstudies.org.

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    PCCS Contact:
    Cathrine Macort
    +1-508-487-3622 x103
    +1-508-808-9660
    cmacort@coastalstudies.org

    CCCE/WHSG Contact:
    Diane Murphy
    dmurphy@barnstablecounty.org
    508-375-6953


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