Webinar-How to Harvest Your Own Clams in Rhode Island


Tuesday, March 27th
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Brush Up Those Clamming Skills: Ready yourself for summer by joining URI Coastal Resources Center/Rhode Island Sea Grant sustainable seafood specialist Azure Cygler and local quahogging legend Jody King for a webinar. King, host of a state-sponsored “Come Clam With Me” summer program for the public, will share the basics of recreational clamming – from where to go and what to bring, to tools of the trade and tips for delicious clam dishes.

The webinar is a program of the Rhode Island Shellfish Initiative. The Initiative “honors the legacy and vital role shellfish play in supporting our environment, families, traditions, and economy. Through a partnership of government, business, academia, and community, the Initiative will strengthen our state’s shellfish management practices and promote growth and innovation within out local seafood industry. Visit the Initiative at http://www.shellfishri.com/ri-shellfish-initiative/ or email/call Cygler at acygler@uri.edu or 401-874-6197.

Happy International Women’s Day! Bonne Journée internationale de la femme!

CRC salutes women on our team around the world!

Clockwise from upper left:
Kim Kaine in Tanzania with the State Department Pearl Group. Kim takes care of administrative and financial tasks for the CRC’s International team and centerwide including facilitating CRC’s International Student and Visiting scholar Ambassador Program as well as facilitating logistics for CRC’s International training events (workshops, study tours and meetings) in the US.
Khady Sané is the Chief of Party for COMFISH Plus in Senegal. Under her leadership, the implementation of Collaborative  fisheries Management through the strengthening of the main local governance body for fisheries – the Local Council for Artisanal Fishing  – has become an experience that is beginning to revolutionize the fisheries sector in Senegal.
Cathy Dwyer, Events and Logistics Specialist, representing CRC at the Graduate School of Oceanography Open House: Ocean Sciences for the Ocean State.
Cindy Moreau and Debbie Antwi, finance office from the Central and Western Fishmongers Improvement Association (CEWEFIA).  As a part of Cindy’s role as International Portfolio Coordinator this is on a site visit to CEWEFIA in Cape Coast, Ghana.
Azure Cygler is a fisheries extension specialist for RI SeaGrant and CRC, working on the RI shellfish management plan, the first of its kind in the state.
Karen Kent, Senior Coastal Manager, celebrates that the Gambia sole Fishery Improvement Plan (FIP) is on-line and joining other FIPs on a global platform to track progress and engage investors in supporting sustainably managed fisheries, especially small scale developing country fisheries.

CRC Posts Two Employment Opportunities


The Center seeks to hire two marine- science, research, and policy professionals
–Marine Research Associate IV
–Marine Research Associate III

Associates will be focused on CRC’s international programs and support one or more theme areas: 1) Safe, local, abundant, and sustainable seafood; 2) Thriving coastal communities; 3) Vibrant, well-managed oceans, coasts, and watersheds.

These positions are for the calendar year and limited to 03-02-2019 with anticipated renewal. For complete details and to apply, please find these opportunities on the URI Web site at:


A Marine Research Associate IV performs applied research and technical work of an advanced and independent nature. The top three requirements are:

1. PhD in a natural resources management, marine policy and/or related field with a minimum of two years’ combined experience in Ocean spatial planning, Coastal climate adaptation, Food security, Public-private partnerships, and/or Fisheries management, OR, a Master’s degree in a natural resources management, marine policy and/or related field with a minimum of four years of combined experience in Ocean spatial planning, Coastal climate adaptation, Food security, Public-private partnerships, and/or Fisheries management.

2. Demonstrated international development assistance experience.

3. Demonstrated ability to identify funding opportunities and develop successful proposals.

A Marine Research Associate III provides substantial technical, research, and program management support, and will assume budget and administrative responsibilities for a project/program. The top three requirements are:

1. Master’s degree in Marine Affairs, Coastal or Fisheries oriented Natural Resources Science, or related field.

2. Minimum of three years of combined experience working in international coastal, marine or fisheries management, livelihoods, value chains, and/or development assistance.

3. Demonstrated experience working with the private sector in fisheries management.

The searches are open until filled. First consideration will be given to applications received by March 9, 2018. Second consideration may be given to applications received by March 23, 2018. Applications received subsequent to second consideration date (March 23, 2018) may not be given full consideration.


Ghana Celebrates Independence Day

Wood Carving of Ghana Fishing Canoe

On its Independence Day, we celebrate our Ghanaian partners in their accomplishments over the last 61 years.  We look forward to continue working with them on ongoing challenges for food security, such as developing a sustainable fishery and managing the Fall Armyworm infestation regionally.

Here are some links to recent efforts:

Fisheries and Food Security: A briefing from the USAID/Ghana Sustainable Fisheries Management Project, January 2018:

Issue Brief: Ghana’s Small Pelagic Fishery in Crisis, National and Regional Food Security at Risk: http://www.crc.uri.edu/download/GH2014_COM003_CRC_FIN508.pdf

Regional efforts on the Fall Armyworm: https://www.usaid.gov/benin/press-releases/02-13-2018-fall-armyworm-workshop-benin-press