State of Aquaculture in Rhode Island Salt Ponds | June 29

Aquaculture in Ninigret Pond

Ninigret Pond

Join us for this public event focused on the state of aquaculture in Rhode Island’s salt ponds. The program will feature experts who will provide different perspectives on this topic and will offer the community the opportunity to ask questions and share concerns about aquaculture.

Date: Thursday, June 29
Time: 5 – 7 p.m.
Where: Kettle Pond Visitor Center, 50 Bend Rd., directly off Route 1, Charlestown, RI 02813. >>Directions
RSVPs are requested by June 27 to

“Summer is a great time for people—both year-round and seasonal residents, as well as other community members—to learn about the status of aquaculture at the salt ponds,” said Jennifer McCann, director of U.S. Coastal Programs at the University of Rhode Island Coastal Resources Center (CRC) and director of extension for Rhode Island Sea Grant (Sea Grant), at the URI Graduate School of Oceanography. “CRC and Sea Grant are pleased to facilitate this program for the public.”

“The aquaculture industry has continued to grow in Rhode Island, with new products, gear, and techniques being introduced,” said Grover J. Fugate, executive director of the Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC). “As the state’s manager of aquaculture, the CRMC is responsible for balancing all uses of the ponds and coastal waters, including aquaculture, and it’s an arduous task. The CRMC knows, too, that it’s important for the public to be part of the process. This discussion will allow for experts to relay these exciting developments and for the public to be engaged and ask questions.”

“A central part of the Salt Pond Coalition’s mission is to provide information about the salt ponds to our members and to foster dialogue between salt pond stakeholders; this program hosted by CRC and Sea Grant will help us do both,” said Alicia Eichinger, the coalition’s executive director.


The event is part of the Rhode Island Shellfish Initiative. The initiative recognizes the economic and cultural value of shellfish and is an effort of Governor Gina Raimondo and a host of partners—state agencies, industry, academic and community members—focused on leveraging collaborative and creative opportunities to sustainably manage local shellfish stock, promote economic growth and jobs, and celebrate Rhode Island’s unique food cultures.

Please contact Jennifer McCann at (401) 874-6127 or with questions or comments.


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