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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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Misquamicut

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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RI celebrates inaugural shellfish management plan

Two years in the making, Rhode Island’s first comprehensive shellfish management plan was celebrated Monday night at the University of Rhode Island by the state agencies, project managers, researchers, stakeholders, and funders who made it happen. The plan, which is the purview of the state’s Department of Environmental Management and Coastal Resources Management Council, along
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Students Redesign Storer Park for Coastal Resilience

Students enrolled in the University of Rhode Island (URI) Landscape Architecture program were tasked at finding innovative coastal adaptation strategies as part of their senior studio for Newport’s Storer Park, which sits as a southern gateway to the city’s historic Point Neighborhood along the Newport Harbor Walk. Recent storms along Rhode Island’s coastline have brought the reality of
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Shellfishermen Support Shellfish Management Plan

Stakeholders, and other partners are being honored at the Rhode Island Shellfish Management Plan (SMP) celebration on November 17, 2014, which as made groundbreaking strides in promoting and protecting the state’s $3 million shellfish industry. Many fishermen have been happy with the process that has given them a voice at the table. Michael McGiveney, president
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Whelk

Whelk Go On Hunger Strike

In support on the Rhode Island Shellfish Management Plan (SMP), Rhode Island Sea Grant has dedicated its 2014-2016 research efforts in the areas of shellfish biology and the ecology of the resources that support shellfish and shellfish management. Researchers have recently finished their first field season collecting data and will be processing this information over the
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Current Drifters Don’t Match Belief N.Bay Flows Counterclockwise

In support on the Rhode Island Shellfish Management Plan (SMP), Rhode Island Sea Grant has dedicated its 2014-2016 research efforts in the areas of shellfish biology and the ecology of the resources that support shellfish and shellfish management. Researchers have recently finished their first field season collecting data and will be processing this information over the
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Challenges and Opportunities for Marine Spatial Planning: New Report

New information about the specific kinds of skills and support tools needed now by people — practitioners and students — aiming to enhance the field of ocean and marine spatial planning (MSP) is now available. The University of Rhode Island Coastal Resources Center (URI CRC) at the URI Graduate School of Oceanography, with the support
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Sea Level Impacts on Salt Marshes: Beach SAMP updates

October, or “Salt Marsh Month” as declared by Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee to highlight this rapidly declining landscape, is winding down, but efforts to restore and protect salt marshes are far from over. Many town and state officials, as well as researchers, gathered for the R.I. Shoreline Change Special Area Management Plan (Beach SAMP) meeting last week
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