Join us on Monday, April 10 as University of Rhode Island researcher, Mark Stolt, will be discussing work evaluating whether oyster aquaculture benefits ecosystem functioning in southern Rhode Island’s coastal salt ponds – specifically, Ninigret, Winnapaug, and Potter Pond – to compare sites with to those without aquaculture activities as part of the Coastal State Discussion Series at the Coastal Institute Auditorium from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the University of Rhode Island’s Bay campus in Narragansett. >> Directions
“We’re trying to get a picture of what’s happening to these soils as a reflection of the aquaculture that’s going on,” said Stolt, explaining that the condition of the soils are indicative of the water quality, the tidal fluctuation, and how much energy (food) is coming in. “The ideal is high productivity with no environmental impacts.”
This research will provide information for specific regulatory decisions in regards to shellfish aquaculture, and the capacity of the environment to sustain increased production.