Aquaculture is a growing industry, locally and globally, in response to habitat loss, overfishing and increased human populations. Students work to understand the fundamentals of water chemistry, marine biology, environmental science, and animal husbandry through real world projects. In collaboration with the Billion Oyster Project, students grow and prep oysters for restoration and education. Other food systems work includes Aquaponics, finfish production and algae cultures.
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Aquaculture is a three year program following the Introduction to NY Harbor Field Class in 9th Grade. Like all of our CTE tracks, Aquaculture includes a Work Based Learning component, Career and Financial Management and College preparation. Throughout the program, students study aquaculture species, with a focus on shellfish culture for restoration work. Other topics infused in to all three years of aquaculture include, but not are limited to, research skills, measurement, technical drawing, geography, marine biology, taxonomy and environmental science.
The field of Aquaculture is currently booming as a global industry and can provide a sustainable source of protein as land based conventional farming resources and wild fish populations continue to drop. Since Aquaculture is becoming more important to global food systems, as well as restoration work, it affords participants the opportunity to engage in real world issues that employ a wide range of skills.