Mixed uses on Salt Pond

Check out the article Aquaculture and Recreation Vie for Salt Pond Use from ecoRI.  This article looks at how Salt Pond provides a mixed use for recreational and aquaculture purposes.  In addition, this article touches upon the work that Tracey Dalton is doing in conjunction with Rhode Island Sea Grant and the Coastal Resource Management Council’s (CRMC) regulations on aquaculture.

To read the full article click here.

South County Oyster Festival


The South County Oyster Festival will take place on May 1st at the Towers in Narragansett.  The festival is sponsored by the Matunuck Oyster Bar to benefit Dylan Murano and Childhood Apaxia.

“The Oyster Festival will have a rock climbing wall from Rock Spot Climbing sponsored by BankRI.  There will also be a silent auction with many great items including a complete wedding package, signed Patriots items, and much more. To visit the GoFundMe page for Dylan Murano click here.

For tickets and more information click here.

DEM Promotes Growth of Green Economy with Latest Grant Awards

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“Nearly $400,000 to be invested in small businesses to foster innovation and growth of local food and agriculture.”

“As part of its efforts to expand the green economy in Rhode Island and support working families, the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) announced today the availability of $380,000 in grant funding to local small businesses under the Local Agriculture and Seafood Act (LASA) and Farm Viability programs. The grants are designed to increase the competitiveness of Rhode Island products in the marketplace and help local farmers and food partners grow their businesses.”

See the DEM Promotes Growth of Green Economy with Latest Grant Award new release.

Visit www.dem.ri.gov for more information about DEM.

For grant opportunities visit RI DEM.

Sparking the Innovation Economy

Governor Raimondo and Secretary of Commerce Pryor recently have launched cutting-edge incentives to spark the innovation economy in Rhode Island as the second, “Advanced Industries & Innovation” phase of the WAVE.

Opportunities may be available though this program to the shellfish sectors.
To see full details click here.

California Sea Grant Research Informs New Law to Permit Fishermen’s Markets

This article was written by Deborah Seiler of the California Sea Grant illustrates how California  has improved their fish markets.  California just adopted a bill dubbed the “Pacific to Plate” that would allow “fishermen’s markets to operate as food facilities, vendors to clean their fish for direct sale, and multiple fishermen to organize a market under a single permit.”  A survey in 2013 demonstrated that there is a widespread demand for local seafood. In August when the Tuna Harbor Dockside Market opened its doors it drew more than 1300 customers in five hours.

To read more about the “Pacific to Plate” bill click here.

Conditional Shellfish Areas in Upper Narragansett Bay to re-open three and one-half days early as a result of acceptable post-storm monitoring data

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According to RI DEM Conditional Area’s A and B and the Conimicut Triangle in Upper Narragansett Bay.  The areas were closed on August 4th as a result of “rainfall and a bypass that occurred at the Narragansett Bay Commission’s (NBC) Bucklin Point Wastewater Treatment Facility.”  The area was re-opened on Saturday, August 8th at sunrise, Greenwich Bay, Mt. Hope Bay and Kickemuit River will re-open at noon on August 11, 2015.

Go to RI DEM to view the press release or go the the RI DEM Shellfish page shows where shellfishing is allowed in Narragansett Bay.

Conditional Shellfish areas in upper Narragansett Bay to re-open three days early as a result of acceptable post-storm monitoring data

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“Conditional Area A & Conimicut Triangle Will Reopen at Sunrise on Friday, June 26.”

Conditional Area A & Conimicut Triangle by opening on Friday, June 26th will open 3 days earlier than scheduled.  This is due in part to the plan put in place between the DEM and the US Food and Drug Administration, DEM may open up shellfish areas after a storm once “post-storm monitoring data demonstrates it is safe to do so.”

Click here to access the full news release by the RI DEM.



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