Local Seafood Sources
Shellfish Management Plan
Seafood is the cornerstone of the cultural and economic fabric of the Ocean State.
Through network building and collaboration, our fisheries and aquaculture specialists connect industry and consumers with the best available science to build vibrant local markets for Rhode Island fishery and aquaculture products through ecosystem-based management practices, as well as continue its commitment to provide training for safe seafood processing.
To build a vibrant local seafood economy that is safe and sustainable through effective, ecosystem-based management practices.
While up to 90% of seafood is currently imported into the U.S., Sea Grant works to support U.S. fisheries by connecting people with locally harvested bounty and by supporting those who provide it.
Commercial aquaculture complements wild fisheries’ contribution to the seafood supply local, regionally, and nationally. Sea Grant works to ensure resources remain safe and sustainable and conflicts are managed effectively.
Offer annual USDA-mandated training in the application of Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) principles to the safe processing of seafood.
Meet Our Team
Beginning in January 2013, wild harvest, aquaculture, and restoration communities worked together to define key issues to help guide the state’s first shellfish management plan, along with science recommendations, to ensure sound management of shellfish resources into the future.
RI Sea Grant, in collaboration with multiple partners, facilitated the creation of the Rhode Island Shellfish Management Plan (SMP) adopted in 2014.
This document provides comprehensive policy guidance regarding management and protection measures for shellfish, such as quahogs and oysters, located in state marine waters.
An Oyster Farm Tour at Hog Island
Rhode Island Sea Grant created a series of videos to highlight the state’s shellfish resource and economy.
Episode 1: How to Shuck
Episode 2: Digging for Dollars
Episode 3: Oyster Flavor
Episode 4: Enjoying Shellfish Safely
Episode 5: The Science of Shellfish Safety