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Ocean SAMP Celebrates Success after 5 years

By Shaun Kirby | Courtesy of RICentral NARRAGANSETT—“When this process began, no one was confident that it would work,” said Ken Payne of the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography on the Ocean Special Area Management Plan. Five years later, the collaboration between numerous stakeholder groups has developed a policy document which has helped
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Mallows Bay Ship Graveyard a Map for Rhode Island

Site suggests the future for Bold Point’s wrecks. Mallows Bay, a remote stretch of the Potomac River in Maryland, 30 miles downriver from Washington, D.C., is the largest ship graveyard in the nation. It contains over 230 individual wrecks, including over 100 steam vessels manufactured during World War I. This site, which is currently on
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Aquaculture and Recreation in Coastal Salt Ponds

Resources managers seek to strike a balance between competing uses of Rhode Island’s salt ponds. This research looks at people’s attitudes towards aquaculture, current uses of the ponds, and what impacts climate change will have.

Prentice Stout shows campers a moon snail egg mass.

Prentice Stout Paints a Portrait of Point Judith Pond

“Why is Point Judith important? It’s important because it’s important to me. And it’s important to some of you too, I assume, since you’re here.” Local author and Camp Fuller educator Prentice Stout highlighted the importance of cultivating a personal relationship with local natural places in a talk given on March 9th at the Kettle
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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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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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