YEAR IN REVIEW
Putting the year in perspective.
2018 was a good year for Sea Grant, so we wanted to reflect and highlight some of our top stories and moments from these last twelve months – as well as thank all of our partners and supporters.
A Sinking State and a Rising Sea
Rhode Island’s historic coastal cities, such as Newport and Providence, were built on ground that is slowly sinking and has been for thousands of years.
Simon Engelhart, a geoscientist at the University of Rhode Island, helped us kick off 2018 by discussing his work on relative sea-level rise in Rhode Island for our annual Coastal State Discussion Series, as well as for Rhode Island’s GoLocal.
Quahog Research Fleet
The Commercial Fisheries Research Foundation released a short film showcasing the work of the Quahog Research Fleet, supported with funding from RISG.
47,727 quahogs have been sampled to date!
Beach SAMP Approved
Sea Grant extension staff were heavily involved in the development of chapters and funds were provided for research specific to the plan.
Rhode Island now has a roadmap to plan for impacts to homes, businesses, and vital infrastructure as a result of climate-change-driven erosion, increased storms, and flooding from sea-level rise.
11th Hour Racing Grant for Fiberglass Boat Recycling Pilot
Rhode Island Sea Grant and the Rhode Island Marine Trades Association received a grant from 11th Hour Racing to continue efforts on a pilot project to recycle fiberglass vessels.
Shellfish Shorts Video Series
RISG launched a series of short videos showcasing Rhode Island’s shellfish resources as part of the state’s Shellfish Initiative.
Fishermen and experts from the industry and state agencies discuss the value of shellfish, aspects of the industry, how to harvest and safely prepare shellfish.
Monkfish Sliders Win 2018 Rhode Island Seafood Cook-off
The annual Rhode Island Seafood Cook-off challenged students to present their best Monkfish recipes with the winning recipe to be featured at Trio in Narragansett.
The event was held at Chariho Area Career and Technical Center and sponsored by Rhode Island Sea Grant, the Cooperative Extension Food Safety Education Program in the URI Department of Fisheries, Animal and Veterinary Sciences, the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, the URI Graduate School of Oceanography, and the Newport Restaurant Group.
HABs & Block Island Wind Farm Research Underway
Sea Grant-funded researchers have finished their first field season collecting data to better understand harmful algal blooms in Narragansett Bay as well as the socioeconomic impacts of wind energy on tourism, commercial and recreational fishing, and coastal and water-dependent businesses and other sectors
Communities are grappling with how to plan for and adapt to new projections of rising seas and warming temperatures, which present not only financial and political issues but legal ones as well.
Rhode Island Sea Grant’s Legal Program gathered experts from around the country to discuss what communities are doing to address issues from air and water quality to infrastructure and natural environment, and their legal implications at the Marine Law Symposium held at Roger Williams University School of Law in November.