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Coastal Institute Assistant Director Reflects on Knauss Fellowship

It is one thing to know how a bill becomes a law. It is quite another to see your own bill become law for the United States. That was the experience Nicole Rohr, currently the assistant director and assistant research professor of the University of Rhode Island Coastal Institute, had as a NOAA Sea Grant John
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Narragansett Bay is Cleaner Than it’s Been in 150 years

Earlier in June, the “World Oceans Day Summit: Lessons from Narragansett Bay to the Global Ocean,” sponsored by the Newport-based nonprofit Sailors of the Sea and the the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, located on the Gulf of Maine, highlighted Narragansett Bay’s long journey to restoration from its history as a dumping ground for toxic
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Sea Grant Law Fellow Shifts Career from Science to Policy

Former Sea Grant Law Fellow John Ryan-Henry didn’t originally set out to be a lawyer. Now a dual J.D./Masters of Marine Affairs student, he spent his undergraduate career majoring in geology at Brown University. “I thought that I was on the way to becoming a scientist,” he says. “I loved learning about how the earth
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Case Studies Demystify Planning for Ocean Uses

Accommodating the many uses of ocean waters presents challenges for marine spatial planners, many of whom work for agencies with far fewer resources than the shipping, offshore energy, and other commercial interests competing for space. Then, of course, there are other stakeholders, from the Navy to native tribes, to small businesses such as charter boats,
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StormReporter Training for Volunteers

As we approach hurricane season, which begins June 1, Rhode Island Sea Grant, in partnership with the Coastal Resources Center, the Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC), and Save the Bay, will host training for community volunteers interested in becoming StormReporters to help document flooding, shoreline erosion and storm damage. Volunteers will be trained on
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Two URI graduate Students Recieve National Fellowship

Matthew Gerlach and Joseph Dwyer receive NOAA Coastal Management Fellowships NARRAGANSETT, R.I.—Two University of Rhode Island graduate students were among six recipients of two-year national fellowships in a highly competitive program that matches postgraduate students with state coastal zone programs to work on selected projects. Both students were nominated for the fellowship by Rhode Island
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Coconut-curry Mussels Win Culinary Competition

Davies students take prize at second annual Rhode Island Seafood Cook-off Savory with a little heat, Coconut-Curry Mussels with Grilled Pineapple Salsa served over rice, a dish created by three students from William M. Davies, Jr. Career & Technical High School, was the winner of the 2016 Rhode Island Seafood Cook-off for high school culinary students.
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Building a Resilient Newport

Rising sea levels and increasing development and tourism squeeze an already limited space that separates the Atlantic Ocean and Easton’s Pond. This sliver of shoreline, about 400-feet wide, is sandwiched between two highly trafficked areas, Newport and Middletown. It includes one of Newport’s prime beaches, Easton’s Beach, which also acts as a storm buffer for
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Recreation and Climate in Coastal Salt Ponds

Rhode Island can expect to see some changes to its coastal recreation landscape and economy as temperatures rise rapidly with climate change. Average temperatures for the state are expected to jump 3˚F to 10˚F by 2080, according to the National Climate Assessment. “Weather considerably affects” outdoor recreation levels, said Emily Patrolia, a masters graduate from the
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Protecting Historic Structures and Cultural Treasures from Rising Waters

By PEARL MACEK | Courtesy ecoRI News  NEWPORT, R.I. — “We can’t stop it anymore,” said John Englander, an oceanographer and sea-level-rise consultant. “Everybody is struggling with this.” Englander, who wrote a book titled “High Tide on Main Street,” was just one of the 52 speakers at the recent “Keeping History Above Water” conference held
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