March Stakeholder Meeting Recap

We’d like to thank everyone who participated in the 2nd SMP Stakeholder meeting on March 20th at the URI Bay Campus! We had over 75 people attend a very productive and informative session. A special thank you to Angelo Liberti and the DEM Office of Water Resources team for presenting and clarifying various water quality regulations using specific and familiar examples. His presentation is available for download below.

Additionally, we were able to share with attendees the first draft of the SMP Goals and Objectives with the hopes that participants will review these more thoroughly and provide us with comments (email to by April 25, 2013.

If you missed the meeting, you can view or download the March Stakeholder Meeting documents below:

Meeting Agenda | Handouts (SMP Goals and Objectives)
Presentations: RI SMP Update (Azure Cygler, Fisheries Extension Specialist, URI Coastal Resources Center/Rhode Island Sea Grant), Water Quality Presentation (Angelo Liberti, Chief of Surface Water Protection, Office of Water Quality, RI DEM)

Check out Angelo’s presentation below!


The SMP Team

Public Comment Period for Economic Scope of Work

As we continue to progress on this important initiative, we are pleased to present to you the draft Economic Scope of Work for your review. The scope of work describes a market analysis study of the shellfish industry. The study will examine trends in supply and demand, and will consider factors such as seasonal and annual fluctuations, varying prices paid to fishermen and by consumers, and the role of locally harvested product versus farmed or imported products. The study will focus on quahogs and oysters initially, but the study may be expanded to include other species in the future.

The public comment period is open through Friday, March 8th, 2013. Your comments are welcome and should be sent to:

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management and Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council, with support from the University of Rhode Island (URI) are developing a Rhode Island Shellfish Management Plan.

This comprehensive plan will include natural resources, restoration, and commercial and recreational harvest. The Shellfish Management Plan will facilitate management and research coordination, establish strategic priorities, promote active participation amongst stakeholders, and follow a transparent and public process. For more information, please visit the project’s web site —

As always, please feel free to contact us with any thoughts, questions, or concerns.

Update: The public comment period was concluded on March 8th, 2013. Thank you to those who provided comments; public input is invaluable to the SMP process.