“Shellfish management plan to address priority issues”

From Rhode Island Sea Grant College Program Showcase:

Shellfish management plan to address priority issues

Rhode Island Sea Grant is facilitating for the state the creation of the Rhode Island Shellfish Management Plan for the management and protection of shellfish resources, such as bay quahogs and oysters, located in state marine waters. The effort involves multiple state agencies, including the R.I. Coastal Resources Management Council and the R.I.Department of Environmental Management, and engages stakeholders in identifying policies and practices to enhance the economic vitality of the shellfishing industry and its resources.


The R.I. Shellfish Management Plan coordination team is crafting a work plan for the next two years to address many of the issues that were voted as priorities by stakeholders during three scoping meetings in January. Presentations and seminars are planned to bring in experts to discuss topic areas identified as priorities by stakeholders, including water quality testing procedures and rationale, licensing, marketing, enforcement, and threats such as ocean acidification.


For information on upcoming meetings and presentations, visit the shellfish management plan website at http://seagrant.gso.uri.edu/projects-2/shellfish-management-plan/ or contact Amber Neville at amber@crc.uri.edu to be added to the listserv. If you’d prefer a call update on meetings, please contact Azure Cygler at (401) 874-6197 and she will add you to the call alert list.