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Shoreline-ri.com: Rome Point

A spring-like February school vacation day is meant to be spent outdoors. Friends were posting photos of their kids skiing in New Hampshire or ice skating on Boston Common. We decided to go to the beach. I left work early and drove over to Fort Wetherill, Jamestown, where I met my husband with the kids.
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New URI Study to Look at Impacts of Block Island Wind Farm on Recreation & Tourism

BOEM Contracts URI for New Project to Identify Impacts of Offshore Wind Farm  Analysis Focusing on Effects of Block Island Wind Farm on Rhode Island Recreation and Tourism Activities NARRAGANSETT, RHODE ISLAND: In Rhode Island state ocean waters, the nation’s first windfarm, southeast of Block Island, is operational and generating power. The U.S. Bureau of
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New Wave of Research to Focus on Social Dimensions of American Offshore Wind Energy

The first wind farm in the nation is now operational off the coast of Block Island. This five-turbine project, intended to launch hundreds of turbines elsewhere along the coast, is a milestone for an emerging offshore renewable energy industry in the United States. If offshore wind farms are to be successful, however, a better understanding
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RISG Extension Director Recognized in 2017 Peter Benchley Ocean Award

Courtesy of URI Today Jennifer McCann, director of U.S. coastal programs for the Coastal Resources Center at the University of Rhode Island and extension director of Rhode Island Sea Grant, has received an international award for her work in coastal and ocean planning. McCann is the recipient of the 2017 Peter Benchley Ocean Award for
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Quahogs by Jessica Langlois

Narragansett Bay Recovers from Algal Bloom, Shellfish Safe

An unprecedented algal bloom that spanned from Long Island to Maine triggered a shellfishing ban in Narragansett Bay for most of October. After it ended and shellfish beds reopened, fishermen, shellfish farmers, and environmental managers convened at a public meeting in December to try to understand what caused the bloom and what to do about future
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Rhode Island Sea Grant Issues RFP on Harmful Algal Blooms | Deadline Jan. 31

The fall of 2016 brought the first incidence of a harmful algal bloom (HAB) to Narragansett Bay since the mid-1980s. This call for research is in support of Rhode Island Sea Grant Program Development objectives to explore and better understand issues related to harmful algal blooms in Rhode Island waters as part of its 2014-2018
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URI Graduates Selected for NOAA Marine Policy Fellowship in D.C.

KINGSTON, R.I. – December 19, 2016 – Two recent graduates of the University of Rhode Island who earned master’s degrees in marine affairs have been named John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellows, enabling them to spend a year working on ocean and coastal policy issues in Washington, D.C., next year. Emily Patrolia of Wenham, Mass.,
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Sen. Whitehouse Touts Rhode Island’s Resiliency from Senate Floor

Earlier this month, Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse presented to his peers his 151st speech on climate change. He addressed the various challenges that particularly face coastal areas, from sea level rise and storm surge to increasing surface temperatures and ocean acidification. “The effects of climate change will hit home first, and hardest, along our coasts,” said Whitehouse, referencing the
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Army Corps Explains Sea Level Rise Plan

Army Corps proposal to elevate homes and sea level rise projection maps presented at Beach SAMP meeting. Westerly’s Matunuck shoreline has moved a lot further landward than was 80 years ago, and it will continue to move further landward — and more rapidly — in the future. The exact timetable of the retreat is uncertain,
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Consent Needed for Aquaculture Expansion

The history and future of the 5% Rule for aquaculture in Rhode Island salt ponds. The amount of cultured oysters harvested from Rhode Island coastal salt ponds could be increased by 61 times the current production rate without significantly impacting the environment, according to a 2011 study that challenges the current 5 percent of surface
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