Azure Dee Cygler Biography
Azure Dee Cygler is a fisheries, aquaculture, and seafood extension specialist for Rhode Island Sea Grant and the Coastal Resources Center (CRC). She began work at CRC in 2012, engaged in a region-wide fisheries mapping effort, a collaboration between CRC, the Island Institute in Maine, and George LaPointe Consulting. More recently she is project lead on a state-wide Shellfish Management Plan, the first of its kind in Rhode Island and engages in wild harvest shellfish issues, aquaculture education, and local seafood education. Cygler has an M.A. in Marine Affairs from the University of Rhode Island, where her graduate work focused on measuring the well-being of commercial fishermen in three New England ports and how management measures have impacted their decision-making and conservation ethics. Prior to her graduate work, Cygler worked for the School for Marine Science and Technology in Massachusetts, the Northeast Fisheries Science Center in Woods Hole, and has fished commercially in the U.S. and abroad. She lives in Narragansett and is involved in the coastal community.