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Law Lecture Focuses on Shellfish Farming in Salt Ponds

Riparian Privilege: Legal Aspects to Living Along the Shoreline Presented by Dennis Esposito, Adjunct Professor at the Marine Affairs Institute, and Director, Environmental and Land-Use Clinical Externship Program, Roger Williams University School of Law Wednesday, March 30, 2016 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. Cross Mills Public Library, 4417 Old Post Road, Charlestown, RI The shellfish
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Dave Brayton and grandson Evan Riley work together quahogging

Iron Man: Shellfisherman and family describe five decades of quahogging on Narragansett Bay

When Dave Brayton was 23 and fresh out of the Marine Corps, he followed his father and his older brother into the family business, raking for quahogs in Narragansett Bay. While his older brother had a knack for it, Brayton said, “I just wasn’t very good at it.” He told himself, “There’s no way I’m
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Join Us for a Quahog Week Celebration

Author Sarah Schumann, Rhode Island Shellfisherman’s Association President Michael McGiveney, and shellfisherman David Ghigliotti will talk about the history of quahogging in R.I., its present status, and what the future holds for newcomers to the industry.

A Symptom of Modern Times | Invasive Species and Marine Debris

The unexpected consequences of natural disasters… West Coast beachcombers have treasured the rare sightings of Japanese glass floats; spherical buoys strung together to aid fishermen in managing their catch. It was once thought that these translucent orbs took nearly a decade to reach the U.S.–traveling up to 8,000 miles of open sea. But in 2011,
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Minimizing Wind Damage from Storms

By Ambar Espinoza | Courtesy of Rhode Island Public Radio The Hurricane of 1938 toppled some 275 million trees across New England. Today – with more trees and more buildings – state officials see wind damage as a statewide threat because of climate change and the potential for more frequent, extreme weather events. In the
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Marine and Boat Operators Warned to Prepare for Sea Level Rise

By Parimal M. Rohit | Courtesy of the Log, California’s Boating and Fishing News Rhode Island Sea Grant Coastal Extension Specialist Pam Rubinoff told marina and boatyard owners they could face increasing costs to maintain, retrofit or upgrade their respective venues to prepare for or respond to the impacts of sea level rise. Rubinoff spoke to
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Ship Graveyards & Uncovering Our Maritime Heritage

JOIN US on Thursday, March 17    Rhode Island’s Largest Ship Graveyard What began as a preliminary survey in 2013 to remove hazardous and ‘ugly’ debris from the Seekonk and Providence rivers, turned into the discovery of “Rhode Island’s largest ship graveyard” with the finding of 26 late 19th and early 20th-century vessels near Bold
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Sarah Schumann’s Shellfish Heritage Tour

Rhode Island’s Shellfish Heritage: Readings from author, Sarah Schumann Author, Sarah Schumann read passages and shared her experiences writing,“Rhode Island’s Shellfish Heritage: An Ecological History,” to locals at the Coffee Depot in Warren on February 18. The book, which was conceived and published by Rhode Island Sea Grant, the Coastal Institute, and the Coastal Resources
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Species ‘Rafting’ via Marine Debris from Japanese Tsunami

By Cynthia Drummond | Courtesy of Westerly Sun NARRAGANSETT — Stored in a laboratory in Mystic are hundreds of species that traveled across the sea all the way from Japan to North America by hitching a ride on debris from the catastrophic tsunami of 2011. James T. Carlton, professor of marine sciences emeritus at the
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Tell Me a Story: Redesigning Oakland Beach

“The students get exposure to the residents and stakeholders and decision makers at the local level and … to the challenges and problems that real decision makers face in moving forward with these design ideas.”

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