Using the Aquaculture Mapping Atlas for Fun and Profit
Shellfish aquaculture is a large and growing part of Connecticut's agriculture sector but site selection is a major challenge. Farmers cultivate oysters, clams and scallops in designated areas of Long Island Sound. Those sites are considered public property and are leased from the state. Because these underwater farms are not located on private property, new or expanding activities are faced with a significant amount of scrutiny. Farmers need to identify growing areas that are biologically productive for their crop while also considering the potential use conflicts or environmental interactions with their activity on those sites. To help improve site selection for aquaculture, the Aquaculture Mapping Atlas was developed in partnership between the UConn CLEAR, Connecticut Sea Grant and the Connecticut Department of Agriculture. This tool provides users with access to relevant aquaculture, navigation and natural resource data layers and information. This webinar will introduce the new function and capabilities of Version 4.
Presented by: CLEAR
Running Time: 00:49:39
Cary Chadwick, Geospatial Training Program Coordinator, UConn CLEAR
Cary Chadwick is the Geospatial Training program coordinator at CLEAR. As a geospatial educator, her role is to contribute to the hands-on technical training classes offered by the program on the use of geographic information systems and global positioning systems. Cary is also actively involved in a number of collaborative research projects at CLEAR. Cary is a graduate of Gettysburg College with a B.S. in Environmental Studies. She also holds a M.S. in Environmental Science from the University of New Haven.
Tessa Getchis, Aquaculture, Shellfish Management
Tessa Getchis is the Aquaculture Specialist for the Connecticut Sea Grant Extension Program. Since joining UConn in 2000, her role has been to provide business assistance to the aquaculture industry, and to conduct research, outreach and develop tools for aquaculture site selection. She is also involved in developing and helping farmers implement practices to manage aquaculture production hazards. Tessa is a graduate of Roger Williams University with a B.S. in marine biology. She received her M.S. in fisheries, animal and veterinary science from the University of Rhode Island.