Invasive Marine Species Found in Point Judith Marina

Barely the size of a marble, a small white and pink-spotted sea anemone sways gently in the same plastic bag you would bring a goldfish home in. “We haven’t seen it since 2013,” says Jim Carlton, a world-renowned researcher in aquatic invasive species from Williams Mystic.  “It’s a little southern species with nice pink spots
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Oysters’ Guts May Help Reduce Coastal Pollution

A recent study by Sea Grant-funded researchers from Boston University supports the notion that oyster reef restoration and aquaculture efforts may be an important method for removing nutrients that can over-fertilize coastal waters. The study, published in the July issue of Marine Ecology Progress Series, measures the rate of inorganic nitrogen and phosphorous processed in
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Experts discuss dangers of sea level rise at Watch Hill

Courtesy of the Westerly Sun By Dale P. Faulkner WESTERLY — More than 100 people gathered Monday at Lanphear Livery in Watch Hill to listen to two experts discuss the impact of sea level rise and storm surge on the region and steps the state is taking to help prospective builders protect their investments. The
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Tour participants look at oyster cages

Shellfish Farm Tour Highlights Challenges to Industry

Everyone, it seems, agrees that Rhode Island-grown oysters are among the best to be had at raw bars and restaurants across the state and beyond. As Jean Lambert, engineering/GIS coordinator with the town of Jamestown, said to participants at a tour of an island shellfish farm, “We all enjoy the oysters—they’re amazing.” Lambert told the
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National Geographic's Open Explorer

Open Explorer, The Breathing Bay

Sea Grant funded-researcher, Wally Fulweiler, features her work in National Geographic’s Open Explorer – a digital storytelling platform that allows university researchers, citizen scientists, students, and professional explorers to share their fieldwork Fulweiler and her team have focused on Narragansett Bay to study how our coastal ocean breathes to understand how these ecosystems filter nutrients,
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Couple examines frozen seafood at supermarket

Why There’s No Such Thing as Organic Seafood in the U.S. (mostly)

Sea Grant Law Fellow research uncovers complex issues, risks for would-be organic seafood growers If you prefer to buy organic food whenever possible, you may wonder why you don’t see “organic” farmed seafood in grocery stores or fish markets—and if you do, you may wonder exactly what that means. The popularity of organic foods continues
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Sole Sliders Take Top Prize

The teams arrived at the Warwick Career and Technical Center from around Rhode Island, chopping and searing, sauteing and frying, and turning out grey sole dishes from fish tacos to sliders, to the fancier grey sole with chermoula sauce. In the end, the winning recipe at the 2019 Rhode Island Seafood Cook-off were the sliders
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Researchers Look at How the Block Island Wind Farm Impacts Recreation and Tourism

Social scientists report their research results at Coastal State Discussion  “Dreamy,” “awe-inspiring,” and “majestic” are just some of the words recreational anglers and other Block Island-based tourists and residents used to describe the Block Island Wind Farm in research on the wind farm’s impact on recreation and tourism. Three social scientists leading the studies parsed
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Can Oysters Solve the Nitrogen Problem?

One single oyster can filter about 50 gallons of water per day. This kind of filtering power is being looked at by researchers as a potential solution to absorb harmful amounts of nitrogen entering coastal waters via wastewater treatment facilities and stormwater runoff from urban areas. “We need nitrogen, so let’s not demonize it, it’s
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Winners of the 2019 Sea Grant-URI Research & Scholarship Photo Contest

Matthew Palasciano, a geological oceanography undergraduate student, took first place in the Research & Scholarship Photo Contest co-sponsored by Rhode Island Sea Grant and the University of Rhode Island for “The Endless Bond Between Mother and Child,” a young macaque clinging to its mother at the local watering hole in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia, where Palasciano
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