What is Aquaculture?

  • Aquaculture is defined as the cultivation of an aquatic organism under controlled conditions.
  • Popular worldwide industries are:
    • Fish
    • Algae
    • Crustaceans
    • Shellfish
    • Plant crops (i.e. aqua/hydroponics)
  • Maryland currently utilizes aquaculture for fish, oysters, some crustacean, and algaculture for feed.

Phillips Wharf Environmental Center provides hands-on aquaculture training and education for oyster enthusiasts and entrepreneurs interested in starting their own oyster farm. During the training program, students learn all aspects of aquaculture and oyster farming, from oyster larvae to sales and distribution.

In addition to aquaculture training, Phillips Wharf provides an aquaculture tour and training experience for children and adults of all education levels. Come see our working oyster aquaculture operation with a guided tour of the Oyster House, where locals have been shucking oysters for more than 100 years.

Read: "Tilghman Aquaculture Incubator will Become National Model," The Talbot Spy, June, 2018


Dear Phillips Wharf Environmental Center Supporter,

I want to share with you how Phillips Wharf Environmental Center is pivoting towards new horizons that strengthen our longevity into the future and make our educational programs much more accessible to diverse audiences.

In Phillips Wharf’s 14-year history – two challenges have remained constant—the rising costs of maintaining a waterfront campus and old buildings, and addressing the inaccessibility of Tilghman Island to many school systems and others unable to afford the cost or the time for the long trip from more urban areas like Easton.

With this in mind, Phillips Wharf’s Board of Directors have made a bold decision to ensure the sustainability of our future and educational programs by liquidating our assets on Tilghman Island—including the real estate and property—and re-focus the expected gains from the sale to re-open a location in Easton that the Board will determine.

Be assured—Phillips Wharf will always bring our students to meaningful interactions with the Chesapeake Bay’s ecosystem and inhabitants. We know technology and our FishMobile, for example, can bring experiences and education to more students when we can focus our operations more on education, and less on maintaining an underutilized campus with mounting deferred maintenance costs and more.

Phillips Wharf will continue to carry the essence of encouraging, educating, and engaging Chesapeake Bay stewards from a new location soon. In addition, we’ll be sure to share this exciting news when it comes to fruition with you.

In the meantime, thank you for caring about our students and the Chesapeake Bay as a natural resource and source of healthy seafood and productive jobs for the Shore’s residents. We are excited to bring the Chesapeake Bay closer to our students and the public in ways that are more meaningful. This is a bold step forward not only in Phillips Wharf’s survivability, but also in our thrivability.

Please reach out to me with any questions or concerns you may have. You can reach me at [email protected] or 410-886-9200.

Warmest regards,


Matthew Albers

Board President, Phillips Wharf Environmental Center