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Coastweeks 2013

Coastweeks is dedicated to fostering awareness, understanding, and improved management of the coast. Coastweeks is sponsored by Rhode Island Sea Grant and the R.I. Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC). DOWNLOAD PRINT VERSION OF COASTWEEKS

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18
SEAFOOD COOKING DEMONSTRATION

Renowned local chef and cookbook author Normand Leclair will demonstrate mouthwatering preparations for bluefish and summer flounder, with samples for the audience. For 33 years, Chef Leclair was the chef-owner of the Red Rooster Tavern in North Kingstown, R.I. His cookbook Culinary Expressions, which includes stories from his over 50 years in the food industry, will be available for purchase, or visit www.culinaryexpressionscookbook.com.

5:30 p.m., Westerly Public Library, 44 Broad St., Westerly. This popular event is free, but space is limited. You must reserve your seat by contacting Tracy Kennedy at (401) 874-6805 or e-mailing tkennedy@mail.uri.edu. This lecture is part of the annual Community Lecture Series sponsored by Rhode Island Sea Grant, the URI Nutrition and Food Sciences Department, the URI College of the Environment and Life Sciences, and the R.I. Coastal Resources Management Council. Westerly Public Library joins in the sponsorship of this lecture.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 --THIS EVENT IS FULL--
CLAMMING 101 AT NORTH KINGSTOWN TOWN BEACH

Clamming 101Clam digging is as Rhode Island as it gets—join us for a fun and informative clamming lesson and learn from the pros! This session is part of the R.I. Shellfish Management Plan (SMP) project, an effort to bring together stakeholder groups—from government, to industry, to community organizations—to collectively plan how Rhode Island can best manage its shellfish resources. Please park in the parking lot at the end of Beach Street to meet the
group. You’ll take part in a short clam-digging lesson by Dave Beutel, aquaculture coordinator for the R.I. Coastal Resources Management Council, and rakes, shovels, and buckets will be provided. Refreshments will be served. This event is limited to participants over age 18. Space is limited. Advanced registration required. For registration information, please email smp@etal.uri.edu or call Amber Neville at (401) 874-6106.

1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. $15 per person, payable by cash, credit card, or a check to Coastal Resources Center, University of Rhode Island. Registration is not confirmed until payment is received in full.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4
GUIDED MARSH WALK

Caitlin Chaffee, coastal policy analyst for the R.I. Coastal Resources Management Council, and Wenley Ferguson, director of habitat restoration for Save The Bay, will lead this walking tour of the Rhode Island School of Design’s Barrington Beach salt marsh and describe the animals and plants that make this habitat home, as well as restoration efforts now underway. Pam Rubinoff, Rhode Island Sea Grant/URI Coastal Resources Center coastal management extension specialist, will join the team and describe how climate change and sea level rise are affecting coastal marshes, which serve as important buffer zones protecting upland areas.

This walk will meet at 11 a.m. at the Tillinghast Farm parking lot, 231 Nyatt Rd., Barrington. Participants should wear footwear appropriate for walking in wet and muddy areas. Those participants interested in helping Save The Bay do some of the digging that is part of the restoration work may choose to stay after the walk to volunteer. Shovels and gloves will be provided, but you should bring boots.

This walk is limited to 10 participants. Free. You must reserve your place in advance by contacting Laura Dwyer at (401) 783-7886 or ldwyer@crmc.ri.gov. The rain date for this event is Monday, October 7 at 3:30 p.m. Sponsored by the CRMC, Save the Bay, and Rhode Island Sea Grant.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5
COASTAL EROSION WALKING TOUR

Erosion walking tourTake a walking tour of the south coast beaches with Janet Freedman, R.I. Coastal Resources Management Council coastal geologist and Michelle Carnevale, Rhode Island Sea Grant/ URI Coastal Resources Center coastal management extension specialist, and see first-hand the effects of coastal processes and how people deal with the challenges of living on the coastline. Participants will also learn what to expect in the future with changing climate conditions, and learn about what the CRMC is doing to help R.I. coastal communities plan for the future. The tour begins at South Kingstown Town Beach and continues to Card’s Pond.

10 a.m. to noon. Free, but advance reservations requested. Please contact Laura Dwyer at ldwyer@crmc.ri.gov or (401) 783-7886 to reserve your place. South Kingstown Town Beach, 719 Matunuck Beach Road. The rain date for this event is Saturday, October 12, at 10 a.m. Sponsored by the CRMC and the R.I. Shoreline Special Area Management Plan.

**CANCELED**: Monday, October 28
Marine Mammal Stranding Lecture

Whenever whales are found stranded on local beaches, marine animal stranding experts seek to find out the cause. Andrea Bogomolni, biologist and research associate at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, will discuss how and why whales and other marine animals beach themselves.

4:30 p.m., Center for Biotechnology and Life Sciences, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI. This lecture is free. For directions and a campus map, please visit www.uri.edu/home/visitors/Map/. For more information, please contact Tracy Kennedy at (401) 874-6805 or tkennedy@mail.uri.edu. This lecture is part of the annual Community Lecture Series sponsored by Rhode Island Sea Grant, the URI Nutrition and Food Sciences Department, the URI College of the Environment and Life Sciences, and the R.I. Coastal Resources Management Council. The URI Marine Biology Program joins in the sponsorship of this lecture. Parking for this event is available at Fine Arts South Visitor Lot. You must print and display this parking pass.