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New plan adopted to protect Rhode Island farmed oysters from Vibrio

A new management plan as been adopted by the state of Rhode Island to reduce illness from naturally-occurring bacteria associated with shellfish harvested from aquaculture farms.  Vibrio parahaemolyticus is a naturally occurring bacterium that is not associated with pollution, but is commonly found in estuaries and coastal marine waters.  There are many varieties of Vibrios and
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Rhode Island recognized as leader in offshore wind energy

Rhode Island is leading the nation’s pursuit of offshore wind power, according to a recent report by the National Wildlife Federation. The report, Catching the Wind: State Actions Needed to Seize the Golden Opportunity of Atlantic Offshore Wind Power, which promotes offshore wind energy development to meet growing energy demands, praises Rhode Island as having “set a national precedent
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Raising Objections: Hurdles for Rhode Island Aquaculture

R.I. SHELLFISH FARMS FACE INCREASING OPPOSITION by  RudiHempe photographs by Acacia Johnson   Perry  Raso’s Matunuck Oyster Bar, on the waterfront of SouthKingstown’s Potter Pond,  is jammed in the summer, and does respectable business year-round, even on a snowy day in January. Raso’s restaurant, however, is only the most visible part of his Matunuck Oyster Farm
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The Bottom Line of Resiliency

Newport waterfront businesses participate in pilot program to prepare for sea level rise, storm damage and climate change. Three pilot sites along Newport’s waterfront were assessed by professionals representing academia, government, insurance, disaster management and architecture fields to examine the current state of resilience, or capabilities to withstand climate change impacts, and to make recommendations to
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$200K to Find Sand

Researchers will look offshore in the hunt for sand resources to delay coastal erosion. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and the state of Rhode Island signed a two-year cooperative agreement this month totaling $200,000 to evaluate offshore sand resources for coastal resilience and restoration planning. This agreement is aligned with the federal government’s commitment
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“Hurricane Rhody”: Are we prepared for the worst-case scenario?

If you were to combine the forces of the Hurricane of 1938, Hurricane Carol (’54), and Hurricane Esther (’61), it would be devastating to Rhode Island. The combined features of all these storms to create the hypothetical “Hurricane Rhody” might be the worst-case scenario for the state, with strong winds over 70 mph and considerable
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Rhode Island Coastal Property Guide

The Ocean State, with over 400 miles of coastline, is known for its beaches, bluffs, and scenic waterfronts. The water is a big a part of Rhode Island as the land, attracting long- and short-term visitors, and offering opportunities for recreation, industry, and simple enjoyment. As a result, the coastline is populated by businesses, important
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The Secret Life of Whelks

Local fisherman leads effort to better understand, manage whelk fishery… by Rudi Hempe Photos by Melissa Devine   Underwater, whelks are slow-moving sea snails that like to pry open and devour quahogs. They are also the unlikely focus  of a campaign by an energetic woman who catches them for a living to protect her chosen occupation.
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Taking Stock of Currents and Quahogs

RESEARCHERS SEEK BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF CLAM DISPERSAL IN NARRAGANSETT BAY by  ZoeGentes Over 39 million clams were harvested from Narragansett Bay in 2012, supporting a $5.15million commercial fishing industry, according to figures by Jeff Mercer, principal biologist in marine fisheries for the R.I. Department of Environmental Management (DEM). The estimates of clams in the Bay are used
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Building on Borrowed Time

How long can we live on the coast? by  Meredith Haas Aerial Photographs by John Supancic   Rhode Island is the second most densely populated state, and its 420  miles  of coastline are crowded with  homes and businesses, residents and tourists. The increasing rate of erosion and sea level rise, and the effects of coastal storms and flooding, are making
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