Agriculture, Food, Nutrition

Island Creek Oysters Foundation Inc

Duxbury, MA


At Island Creek Oysters Foundation, we believe that aquaculture will play an important role in meeting the food production needs of a growing human population.  The Island Creek Oysters Foundation supportsprojects that use sustainable aquaculture as a food source.  Additionally, we educate and inform people about the value of aquaculture as a solution to the global issue of foodproduction.

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Principal Officer

Ms. Michelle R Conway

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PO Box 348

Duxbury, MA 02331 USA


aquaculture, food production shortage, sustainable, education





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Other Food, Agriculture, and Nutrition N.E.C. (K99)

Fisheries (D33)

Biological, Life Science Research includes Marine Biology, Physiology, Biochemistry, Genetics, Biotechnology, etc.) (U50)

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Fish Farming in Haiti

Shellfish Farming in Zanzibar, Africa

ICOF Aquaculture Education

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In 2013 and 2014, ICOF will continue to support the highly successful Tilapia Farming program in Haiti and continue to support the long range goal of developing successful shellfish hatcheries in Zanzibar. We aim to support new aquaculture initiatives as we grow.

Our Aquaculture Education Platform is growing rapidly. In 2013 we are developing educational programming for Crossroads for Kids C5 Teen Leadership program. We are entering into year 2 of our after school enrichment program at Duxbury Middle School and expanding to Fenway High School and Cambridge Rindge & Latin. Our goal is to offer online "Aquaculture Education" programming to schools and programs nationwide in the next 3-5 years.

ICOF will continue with our highly successful events-based fundraising in our region and in other areas of the country. We are developing an Annual Fund Strategy and implementing an on-line Auction in 2014. These fundraising efforts will enable us to continue to support our work in Zanzibar and in Haiti at the current levels. In addition, we hope to add a "New Projects Fund" to prepare for expansion of our Aquaculture programs in new areas in the world We will be submitting grant requests to cover expenses as we grow our Educational Programming. In 2014, we hope to hire a part time Curriculum Supervisor as well as a web developer on a project-based contract to begin developing the online access to our Aquaculture Education programming.

ICOF's Board is fully activated and are enhancing our fundraising and networking opportunities. Now in our third year, we are developing a deeper understanding of our donor base and are fostering relationships that will ensure the forward progress of our programs in Haiti and Zanzibar.

Our Educational programming is expanding rapidly and we have confirmed the addition of 2 new schools plus 1 summer camp to our platform. There are 3 additional schools planning to adopt our Aquaculture Education Programming - their names will be added once confirmed. ICOF is partnering with Duxbury Public Schools, New England Aquarium and Battelle Labs to develop our Aquaculture Education programming. Our Aquaculture Education Board includes an employee of the N.E. Board of Higher Education. a grant researcher, a scientist at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and an expert on public speaking/small group communications.

Since 2011 ICOF has improved the lives approximately 1,000 people in Central Haiti by providing Tilapia cages for farming, and hiring part time workers to construct and repair cages. One of our cages is designated for a school in Madan Belize. Proceeds from the sale of these Tilapia support teachers salaries and fund badly needed school supplies.

In Zanzibar, a successful hatchery model has been developed. Phase 2 of our funding involves expanding this model to village based locations. To date, this is the only successful hatchery ever built on the East Coast of Africa and, if successful, will be used as a model for other coastal locations in Africa. This is a long-term program that will take time and resources to develop.

Our Educational Platform has expanded from one program in 2012-13 to four programs in 2013-14.

Our Board has grown to 9 members. We have created a calendar of fundraising opportunities that will appeal to a variety of potential donors including an improved Annual Fund strategy, several events, an online auction and grant applications.

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Island Creek Oysters Foundation Inc

Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

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