Knowledge about growing and caring for shellfish becomes a key to unlock other knowledge about the waters in the Barnegat Bay watershed. This is the core of RCTB’s outreach efforts where people can become a Certified Shellfish Gardener. As part of the Rutgers Cooperative Extension Coastal Stewardship Course. People do not need a degree in marine biology to participate. This course, conducted by Rutgers Cooperative Extension and the BBSRP, includes 24 hours of classroom training. Educational sessions include various venues: The Rutgers University Haskins Shellfish Research Laboratory and The Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve. In addition to classroom training, shellfish gardeners participate in a minimum of 20 hours of internship. Instructors include academics; researchers and scientists from Rutgers University, Stockton University, the NJDEP, and the Marine Academy of Technology and Environmental Science at Ocean County Vocational Technical School; commercial shellfish growers and environmental organizations.
Coastal Stewardship Course (formerly known as Shellfish Gardener course) in 2020 as a part of the Barnegat Bay Shellfish Restoration Program (BBSRP) at the Cooperative Extension of Ocean County.
This course is really about much more than the nickname “Clam College” implies. Shellfish are used as a teaching moment as part of our efforts to help people become coastal environmental stewards.