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Underwater renewable energy structure

Offshore renewable energy improves habitat, increases fish

Offshore renewable energy installations provide fish habitat and increase the numbers of fish in the area, European researchers told American colleagues, as thousands of turbines are planned for the U.S. Atlantic. But they do present navigation hazards.

Oysters Clear the Waters, but Do They Muddy the Soil?

Courtesty of American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America If you need to clean up a waterway, plant an oyster farm. Oysters have been shown to improve water quality by removing nitrogen and other nutrients that in excess can cause dead zones and other problems. But even
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Block Island Wind Farm

Lessons from U.S.’s First Offshore Wind Farm

Planners, members of the fishing industry, and developers share what went well with Block Island Wind Farm—and what could have gone better—to aid future development Wind farm photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons by Ionna22 Planning for the nation’s first offshore wind farm began over 10 years ago, and the Block Island Wind Farm, in operation
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Rhode Island Sea Grant Director Receives Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree

Dennis Nixon, director of Rhode Island Sea Grant, recognized by Roger Williams University for career in marine law.

Ways to Get Local Seafood in Rhode Island

Find Rhode Island fish and shellfish retailers and restaurants, recipes, and preparation tips in this quick guide to local seafood.

Harmful Algal Blooms May Lead to Drug Discoveries | Webinar April 14

Join us for a virtual discussion on why certain algal species produce toxins and how some of these compounds can be leveraged into potential drug leads to treat disease.

Teresa Crean receives Sea Grant regional award for work on Beach SAMP

Crean recognized for role in developing Rhode Island’s plan to help coastal communities address sea level rise, flooding, and erosion.

Aerial view of Superstorm Sandy damage in New Jersey

Buyout Programs Leave Homeowners and Renters at a Loss

Years-long waits for relief are just one of the problems facing federal buyout programs.

Warmer Oceans Changing Fish Populations in Narragansett Bay

By Cynthia Drummond | The Westerly Sun NARRAGANSETT — It will come as no surprise to local anglers that different fish species are now found in Rhode Island waters. In some cases, these fish are displacing ones traditionally found here, and scientists are trying to understand which species pose the greatest threat to the native
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Oyster gear

Do You Like What You See? Aquaculture Meeting Addresses Use Conflicts

Aquaculture initiative seeks to resolve differences among shellfish growers, municipalities, and the state agency in charge of managing public trust waters  Aquaculture in Rhode Island has grown from 33 farms a decade ago to over 80 today. Despite the popularity of the state’s oysters at a proliferating number of local raw bars, not everyone is
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