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NYHS Students counting oysters by Benjamin Von Wong

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 study and maintain oyster stocks for restoration and education.  Other Aquaculture Projects include Aquaponics, finfish production, artemia culture and micro-algae cultures.


Rebecca Resner, NYHS Faculty


Intro to Aquaculture

Production Aquaculture

Applied Aquaculture

Career and Financial Management

Industry Recognized Certifications

Lab Safety

Safe Boating

Seafood HACCP

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Aquaculture is a three year program following the Introduction to NY Harbor 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 into all three years of aquaculture include, but not are limited to, research skills, technical drawing, geography, marine biology, genetics, 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 global  issues that employ a wide range of skills.

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