Topic outline

This course is part of a series of four e-learning courses on bivalve mollusc sanitation for growing areas.

The fourth course in the e-learning series details "Growing area classification" and "Growing area management" in a bivalve mollusc sanitation programme. The course describes the process of risk categorization for a growing area as well as the overall management of a growing area in a bivalve mollusc sanitation programme.


This course addresses the subject matter from a technical perspective but is written for the general public. Individuals who would especially benefit from taking the course include:

  • Policy makers.
  • Responsible authorities.
  • Development practitioners and programme managers.
  • Sectoral specialists and researchers.
  • Bivalve mollusc producers.
  • Trainers and extension agents.

  • The purpose and methodology behind the classification of bivalve mollusc growing areas.
  • The components of the classification process, the criteria for each classification category, and the standard approach for defining these criteria in the absence of existing regulatory requirements.
  • How to classify a growing area using example data sets.
  • Effective growing area management strategies, including elements of expected and unexpected event management plans, surveillance plans, and communication strategies.

This course consists of three lessons of approximately 30-60 minutes each:

  • Lesson 1 - Classification principles
  • Lesson 2 - Classification in practice
  • Lesson 3 - Growing area management

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    Department for International Development (DFID)