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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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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.”

A Tale of Two Homes

Program helps make coastal residences more FORTIFIED against storm damage While many home buyers are drawn to living in coastal areas, that choice comes with certain risks. For many Rhode Island home and business owners, the issue of protecting their buildings from the elements is something that must be taken into consideration as a fact
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Understanding the Ocean’s Role in Absorbing Carbon Emissions

Research cruise tests new technologies As humans continue burning fossil fuels, much of the carbon emitted into the atmosphere eventually makes its way into the ocean. This past fall, the University of Rhode Island research vessel R/V Endeavor embarked on a week-long cruise on which scientists undertook research designed to help them better understand how
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Tracking Sand: Scientist researches sea level rise, erosion in RI

As global climate change increasingly becomes an issue of international political concern, a URI scientist is conducting research to better understand the effects of climate change and sea level rise here in Rhode Island. Part of the work of John King, professor of oceanography at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography (GSO),
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