CRC, Sea Grant leading effort to develop Rhode Island Shellfish Management Plan
The effort is well underway, with the URI Coastal Resources Center (CRC) and Rhode Island Sea Grant College Program at the URI Graduate School of Oceanography serving as chief facilitators
It’s a milestone project for the Ocean State, which claims the quahog as its official shellfish. In 2013, CRC and Sea Grant brought together state agencies, researchers from URI and Roger Williams University, and myriad stakeholders — members of Rhode Island’s traditional wild harvest industry, representatives from the growing aquaculture field, the nonprofit community concerned with restoration of shellfish in the Bay and coastal ponds, and the recreational clamming community — to collaborate on the plan.
Some of the ideas that have emerged so far call for the creation of guiding policies that: 1) build understanding of the economic, environmental and cultural values of the local resources and industries; 2) propose alternative management strategies and new mechanisms for implementation; and 3) promote science-based shellfish management decisions by increasing science activities.