||Shellfish Outreach Project. A Final Report to The New Hampshire Estuaries Project.
D. I. Smith
||Aquaculture Education and Research Center, Hampton, NH.; Environmental Protection Agency, Research Triangle Park, NC. National Estuary Program.
Coastal regions ;
New Hampshire(state) ;
Aquatic education ;
Outreach programs ;
Media outreach ;
Natural resources conservation
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||The Shellfish Outreach project has been a successful effort for the Aquaculture Education and Research Center on many different levels. This project represents AERCs first work supported by NHEP using shellfish to educate the public on aquaculture issues and local aquatic conservation. The project also served to usher the organization into a new area of public programming that has put AERC in the spotlight through news coverage in the printed media, and established program funding to help support general operations. AERC staff made more than 300 contacts to promote the shellfish outreach programs developed under this project, and gave educational talks to 40 different special interest groups, including camps, school classrooms, retirement facilities, and hobby clubs. Creative displays showcasing local research efforts with shellfish were presented at events like Portsmouths Market Square Day, bringing the outreach message to an estimated 100,000 people. Newspaper articles detailing the conservation status of New Hampshires recreational shellfisheries explained the safe and correct way to dig clams to a readership of 30,000 seacoast residents. You will see from the details of this report that we were overwhelmed at times with the amount of public interest in some of the shellfish programs, particularly the Clam Digging for Dummies workshop that was a collaboration between AERC and the Sandy Point Discovery Center. In all, AERC received over 200 requests to participate in the workshop, with only 20 spaces available. Clearly, there is an audience on the seacoast ready to explore recreational shellfishing, and willing to learn how they can collect shellfish in a responsible, educated manner. Staff and volunteers look forward to continuing AERC outreach efforts through educational programs, special events displays, future clam digging workshops, and the use of the new shellfish curriculum guide in classrooms. We plan to continue to pursue funding for shellfish programming, and to maintain contact with the advisory team that keeps AERC staff up-to-date on local shellfish research and activities.
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||31 Mar 2003
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