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Shellfish Shorts: The Business of Shellfish

Commercial shellfishing is an important part of Rhode Island’s food economy. Michael McGiveney, a longtime shellfisherman, and Conor McManus, a marine biologist, discuss the business of shellfishing in Rhode Island and what it means as a livelihood and for the state’s economy. + Watch to learn more.  

Shellfish Shorts: Shucking Demo

Bob “Skid” Rheault, executive director of the East Coast Shellfish Growers Association, takes us step-by-step on how to easily and safely shuck an oyster. Watch to learn more.   

The Murder Mystery of Narragansett Bay’s Winter Flounder

For decades, winter flounder have been disappearing from Narragansett Bay, but the question remains: What, or who, is killing them off, or preventing them from spawning in the first place? “We have a classic ‘Who did it?’ This is a murder mystery if there ever was one,” said Joe Langan, a Ph.D. student at the
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Beach SAMP Unveils Final Chapters on Coastal Resilience Plan

By Cynthia Drummond | Courtesy of the Westerly Sun NARRAGANSETT — The developers of the latest Shoreline Change Special Area Management Plan, or Beach SAMP, unveiled the final chapters of the document at a meeting Thursday at the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography. Chapter 6 examines state and municipal considerations, and Chapter
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Quahog Research Fleet Video Release

To celebrate a successful Quahog Week, the Commercial Fisheries Research Foundation has released a short film showcasing the work of the Quahog Research Fleet. Quahogs are one of the most valuable fisheries in Narragansett Bay. To maintain the sustainability of this fishery, better sampling methods are needed for proper stock assessments. In recognition of this,
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A Sinking State and a Rising Sea: Salt Marshes Provide the Answer

Rhode Island’s historic coastal cities, such as Newport and Providence, were built on ground that is slowly sinking and has been for thousands of years. “We’re standing on what we’d like to think is solid ground, but anyone [who’s ever] been in an earthquake knows that it isn’t as solid as we might like to
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A Sinking State: Coastal State Discussion Feb.14

Join us on Wednesday, February 14 for a discussion on the impacts land subsidence has on Rhode Island as projected sea levels continue to climb. Although Rhode Island is losing only one millimeter of ground annually, it plays a meaningful role in present-day flooding along a coastal state that is mostly at sea level or 10 to
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Narragansett Bay is Changing in More Ways Than One

Narragansett Bay was reported last summer to be the cleanest it’s been in the last 150 years, an announcement that was met with acclaim by many but also with consternation by others. The controversy was the focus of a recent symposium at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography. Improved water clarity may
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Scientists Venture to South Pole for Answers

Travel to one of the coldest, windiest, and most barren places on Earth does not require a passport. This isn’t because of Antarctica’s inhospitable conditions or lack of long-term residents. It’s because of an agreement of no territorial claim among 53 countries that have vested research interests in this massive snow-covered landmass at the South
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Fishermen Say Narragansett Bay Too Clean

By Alex Kuffner | Courtesy of the Providence Journal NARRAGANSETT — Narragansett Bay is cleaner and clearer than it’s been in decades. But after huge strides in treating wastewater and controlling storm runoff, some are asking a question that would have been unthinkable just a few years ago about what is arguably Rhode Island’s most
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