CRC Is Hiring an Assistant Director

Assistant Director, Coastal Resources Center
Provide strategic leadership and direction to the Coastal Resources Center (CRC) to build and manage the organization’s administrative structure. Support CRC’s philosophy and core values to facilitate the achievement of its short and long-term goals. Play a key role in CRC’s ongoing strategic planning process and enhancement of CRC’s infrastructure to maintain and deepen its leadership role in coastal management and governance. Primary responsibilities include administrative support services, human resources management, management information systems, communications, budget development, and fundraising. This is a full-time, calendar year position, limited to 6/25/16 with extension contingent on funding. Visit the URI jobs website at: to apply and view complete details for job posting (#SF00063). Please attach 3 (PDF) documents to your electronic application: (#1) cover letter, (#2) resume which contains the names and contact information for three references, and (#3) a 3-5 page writing sample. Applications will close July 23, 2015. Only electronic applications will be accepted.  The University of Rhode Island is an AA/EEOD employer. Women, persons of color, protected veterans, individuals with disabilities, and other protected groups members are encouraged to apply.

Taking an Innovative Approach to Small-Scale Fisheries

This Rockefeller Foundation blog, an oldie-but-goodie, showcases the Small-Scale Fisheries Innovation Summit, designed and facilitated by Stanford ChangeLabs and supported by the Rockefeller Foundation’s Oceans & Fisheries Initiative. Among the participants from eight countries was CRC’s then Interim Director Brian Crawford, now Chief of Party of USAID/Ghana Sustainable Fisheries Management Project.

Dig into Summer with Clamming Classes


You know it’s summer when clamming classes are back. The RI Shellfish Management Plan (SMP)  is sponsoring the state Department of Environmental Management’s 2015 Clamming Series. The first session of the summer is Wednesday, June 17, from noon to 3 p.m. at North Kingstown Town Beach.

Many Rhode Island residents may not be aware that they are allowed to harvest shellfish recreationally in designated areas without a license. DEM is offering folks a chance to learn how to dig for clams, providing the necessary equipment to do so and sharing the management strategies that have kept Rhode Island in the quahogging industry for so long. Commercial quahogger Jody King will introduce participants to the ins and outs of recreational clamming. Space is limited, and registration is required.

To register or learn more contact Kimberly Sullivan: or  401-539-0019.

CRC’s McCann Takes Part in CHOW 2015 June 10

Join CRC’s US Coastal Programs Director Jen McCann, Redstone Strategy Group Project Manager Jason Blau and Meridian Institute Senior Fellow Rich Innes from 12:15 to 1:15 PM on Wednesday, June 10, as they discuss the environmental, economic and cultural benefits of ocean planning and how to best implement ocean planning across the country. This free live broadcast is part of OceansLIVE! at Capitol Hill Ocean Week, a series of special panels and interviews designed to dive deeper into ocean, coastal and Great Lakes issues. You can watch the broadcast at and submit questions directly through and through Twitter using #CHOW2015.


Shellfish Lovers Save the Date: June 25 SMP Stakeholder Meeting

Have you ever wanted to learn how to safely shuck clams and oysters? Are you interested in growing your own oysters? Would you like to go clamming with an expert this summer?

Then mark your calendar for the next RI Shellfish Management Plan (SMP) Stakeholder Meeting Thursday, June 25, 5-7 p.m. at Corless Auditorium, URI Graduate School of Oceanography, Narragansett Bay Campus.

Come hear about progress made since the launch of the SMP in November, including work on implementing SMP recommendations, funding for shellfish research in 2016, clamming classes hosted by DEM, safe shellfish consumption and a feature presentation on shellfish restoration in Rhode Island.

And, a longtime quahogger will teach the audience how to properly shuck shellfish (live demo and tasting).

Fruit, cookies, and beverages will be provided. RSVP to To learn more about the RI Shellfish Management Plan, please visit:

Ocean SAMP and CRC Featured in Law Magazine

RWULawmag_Page_42CRC’s role in facilitating Rhode Island’s landmark Ocean SAMP, which has allowed the state to move forward with the nation’s first offshore wind farm in the context of responsible use of marine resources, is featured in Roger Williams University’s law magazine.The article, titled “Power Struggle,” includes an interview with CRC’s U.S. Program Director Jennifer McCann.

Research Magazine Features CRC Ghana Project

covermomentumThe latest issue of “Momentum: Research & Innovation,” the magazine published by URI’s Division of Research and Economic Development prominently features an article on CRC’s sustainable fisheries management project in Ghana, led by CRC’s Brian Crawford, who served as CRC’s interim director and international programs director. Crawford moved to Accra, Ghana, with his wife, Chat, in January to lead the five-year, USAID-funded project.

Report on Newport Resilience Assessment Tour Completed

Microsoft Word - NRAT Overview Report_March 23_anCRC has recently published a report providing an overview summary of the Newport Resilience Assessment Tour (NRAT), which CRC led in the summer of 2014 along with its partners at R.I. Sea Grant and R.I. CRMC.

NRAT was conducted as a climate change adaptation effort concentrating on Newport, RI, waterfront and a conducted through the participation of several businesses and organizations interested in receiving recommendations for protecting their property and assets from storm damage and sea level rise.

The assessment tour and report were completed as part of the R.I. Shoreline Change Management Plan (Beach SAMP).