New Documentary on Narragansett Bay Quahogs

Narragansett Bay quahogs have not only served as a cultural icon to the state, but are also a valuable commodity supporting a $5 million fishery. The Commercial Fisheries Research Foundation (CFRF) has released a new documentary showcasing the value of the Rhode Island quahog and efforts of a collaborative research project to protect this important resource. Taking Stock
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North Kingstown Receives Walter B. Jones Memorial Award

What started out as a pilot project in 2009 to study climate adaptations, has now turned into a model for coastal communities throughout Rhode Island and the nation. North Kingstown was one of 11 recipients across the nation to receive the 2014 Walter B. Jones Memorial Award, given by NOAA’s Office for Excellence in Coastal
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STORMTOOLS Sets Up RI Coast for Resiliency

Rhode Island communities are stepping up to a national challenge in planning for sea level and storms at a local level. In his State of the Union address on January 20, President Barack Obama said that “no challenge poses a greater threat to future generations than climate change.” Rhode Island has already felt the brunt of climate
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State of Oyster Restoration Policies: New Legal Report

When it comes to restoration projects, especially oyster restoration, no two states are alike, but navigating the regulatory process is a challenge for everyone. Many coastal areas are experiencing a decrease in oyster habitat- which is essential to ecosystem functioning and health- due to development, pollution, disease, and climate change among other various factors. To
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Sea Grant Resilience Toolkit

Check out Sea Grant’s new Resilience Toolkit, which features tools and resources developed over the years by Sea Grant to help communities across the nation be more resilient. As coastal populations continue to grow, more people are vulnerable to natural hazards such as severe storms, erosion and flooding, as well as water quality challenges associated
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Call for 2016-2018 Research Proposals

Every two years Rhode Island Sea Grant sends out a request for proposals (RFP). Rhode Island Sea Grant considers proposals that meet the following criteria: Coincide with its strategic plan goals. Contain a degree of, or potential for, interdisciplinary collaboration. Have scientific merit and feasibility. Have an applicable outreach component. This Request For Proposals (RFP)
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Are the Costs of Resiliency Worthwhile?

The added costs for more resilient infrastructure are causing tension as coastal communities grapple with how to recover, and to what extent, after devastating storms such as Sandy. After being nearly demolished by Superstorm Sandy, one waterfront hotel in Westerly becomes an open-air restaurant; two small restaurants become mobile operations that pack up when a
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Accepting 2015 NMFS-Sea Grant Fellowships

Rhode Island Sea Grant is now accepting applications for the 2015 NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service—Sea Grant Fellowships in Population & Ecosystem Dynamics and Marine Resource Economics. Students interested in careers related to modeling and managing systems of living marine resources (Population Dynamics Fellowship) or assessment of economics of the conservation and management of living marine resources (Resource Economics Fellowship)
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David Ghigliotti

R.I. Shellfish Management Plan Builds Community to Protect Resource

For many in Rhode Island’s shellfish industry, their occupation is more than just a job. “I used to see these guys coming in and it was just awe-inspiring to see all these quahoggers and the old time guys that I still look up to,” said commercial shellfisherman David Ghigliotti in this 7-minute video about Rhode Island
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Getting back to business after Sandy: Lessons from the Westerly Chamber of Commerce

Delivering pizza to hungry crews of volunteers cleaning up debris from flooded shop floors. Helping businesses decipher the fine print of their insurance policies and fill out grant applications. Such tasks could never have been foreseen by Lisa Konicki, executive director of the Westerly Chamber of Commerce, as part of her job when she first
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