Fishing Creek, MD – Hoopers Island Oyster Aquaculture Company has partnered with the University of Maryland to create the Pearlception Oyster Sorting Machine which detects the exact size of Oysters and sorts them accordingly. There is no other machine that has the capabilities of the Pearlception Using 3-D laser image scanning, the Pearlception identifies the precise volumetric size of the Oyster, and packs them into a predesignated box according to their grade. The Pearlception has the ability to pack seven boxes at the same time with up to seven different grades determined by the machine operator.
First out of the gate on the issue, Washington State is considering a proactive plan that seeks to prevent illnesses before they happen.
The Oyster Aquaculture Training Program (OAT) administered by the Virginia Institute of Marine Science Aquaculture Genetics and Breeding Technology Center, Gloucester Pt, VA is seeking another round of applicants for the 2015 season. The program is a six month hands-on program, focusing on various principles of oyster aquaculture. Participants will be learning and working alongside researchers during our oyster hatchery season from April to September. They will receive an hourly salary for the duration of their involvement. A maximum of four participants will be accepted into the training program to ensure a one-on-one experience. Participants will be expected to work Monday through Friday, 40 hours a week during normal business hours, and occasional weekends. The program is from April 1st through September 30th 2015.