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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 401-874-6197.
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.
A new project between the University of Rhode Island (URI) – with the URI
Coastal Resources Center (CRC) and Rhode Island Sea Grant as partners — and
Westerly High School is focused on encouraging students, and by extension,
their families and school community, to assess how well prepared they are
to weather emergencies, such as hurricanes, or the longer-term change that
comes from sea level rise.
This month, ninth and tenth graders at Westerly High
School are making use of a new online program so they can assess their
readiness for themselves. The information will help URI researchers learn
more about behavior change in terms of emergency preparedness and better
gauge which tools best support this change.
CRC staff and students, along with partners, who participated in the creation of PREP-RI – Providing Resilience Planning in Rhode Island — are all smiles as the online education program, a six-module series regarding how to prepare for flooding and erosion tied to strong storms and sea level rise, is a 2017 recipient of a American Planning Association/Rhode Island Chapter Award for Current Topic.
PREP-RI (http://prep-ri.seagrant.gso.uri.edu/) is an online education program representing a critical step forward for Rhode Island coastal preparedness and resiliency planning. The program answers the request of coastal community officials, decision-makers and others engaged in public policy for community resilience education. It also serves as a program to address recently passed state legislation requiring planning boards and commissions to have training on sea rise and flooding. The education is necessary so this targeted audience can implement wise, science-informed policies and practices to address the impacts of flooding from rising seas and more intense storms, key aspects of climate change. Significantly, it marks the first time that the Rhode Island Legislature has funded a University of Rhode Island (URI) based effort to address pressing public planning needs concerning resiliency education and training. PREP-RI is tailored to the needs of its decision-maker audience; it respects and builds upon the solid core of state and local expertise in coastal community adaptation policy and practice, and has been designed as an online Rhode Island based experience that enables participants to engage on their own schedules. The program, was launched as a pilot in June 2017, and is now the subject of an outreach effort focused on providing training to Rhode Island’s communities, with an initial focus on the 21 coastal communities. Positive feedback from users reflect its practical approach, keen interest in local examples, accessibility in language and brevity, and its online availability. PREP-RI is part of a package of tools that is being used for a companion face-to-face component designed to help municipalities incorporate resiliency information into local planning initiatives. PREP-RI has had the effect of building momentum within the Rhode Island coastal community planning arena for additional resiliency education and training; it also supports State initiatives to incorporate climate change in Comprehensive Plans, engage agencies in the Executive Climate Change Coordinating Committee, and develop a statewide Resilience Strategy, as shared recently in the Governor’s Executive Order.
In partnership with Graduate School of Oceanography and Rhode Island Sea Grant, the Coastal Resources Center will be facilitating this year’s Baird Symposium.
The purpose of this free, one-day event is to provide Narragansett Bay users, regulators, and scientists an opportunity to discuss the ecological and environmental changes they have seen in the bay and to share information about why these changes are taking place. The results from this event will inform Sea Grant’s research agenda as well as the state’s developing Narragansett Bay Special Area Management Plan (Bay SAMP).
Please visit the event webpage for more information.
REGISTER NOW for the Southern New England Offshore Wind Energy Science Forum
This event will examine these major questions:
What have we learned from the Block Island Wind Farm research?
What relevant information do we know for the Southern New England region?
How do we apply what we have learned to future development?
Join us for dialogue that explores stakeholders’ questions.
Jennifer McCann, Director of CRC’s U.S. Coastal Programs and RI Sea Grant, is the recipient of a 2017 Peter Benchley Ocean Award, in recognition of the Rhode Island Ocean Special Area Management Plan (Ocean SAMP) for “Excellence in Solutions” aimed at cultivating responsible ocean use and protection. The Ocean SAMP Team, consisting of CRC and the Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council – which administers the SAMP for the management of resources in state ocean waters — was recognized with the prestigious award along with ocean planning entities working similarly in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions.
CRC’s Jennifer McCann is the author of an article featured in Policy Options, a magazine of Canada’s Institute for Research on Public Policy, that explores how the country can glean lessons learned from Rhode Island’s marine spatial planning experience read the article HERE.
Event kicks off community-based historic preservation effort to address coastal climate change impacts on Newport’s historic properties
The public is invited to participate in a community workshop on flood protection for historic and culturally valuable properties on Newport’s coast. The workshop is scheduled for THURSDAY, JULY 14, 2016, 3-7 P.M., at Emmanuel Church, 42 Dearborn St., Newport, RI 02840.
NOTE: The public is welcome for the whole event; a general overview of the project will be given at 5 p.m. to ensure attendees arriving later in the day have ample opportunity to gain information. RSVP if attending by July 11 to ensure adequate refreshments.
The workshop follows the April 2016 Keeping History Above Water Conference in Newport, which explored historic preservation efforts regarding flooding from sea level rise a key impact of climate change. Newport hosts a broad array of historical and cultural assets, including registered historic buildings, and rising water and increased storminess is expected to threaten these over time. The University of Rhode Island (URI) Coastal Resources Center (CRC) and Rhode Island Sea Grant are facilitating the meeting for several community groups interested in continuing the conference dialogue. The event is also possible due to generous support from the Prince Charitable Trusts.
Science indicates that Rhode Island is more likely than many other coastal states to experience flooding over time from sea level rise, said Dawn Kotowicz, a coastal manager for CRC and extension agent for Rhode Island Sea Grant. Coastal development, including the historic properties and cultural assets that Newport values, is at risk, so collaborating on practical solutions is critical.
CRC and Rhode Island Sea Grant, at the URI Graduate School of Oceanography, provide Rhode Island and beyond with a variety of community-based coastal management and outreach services and programs.
For more information about the workshop, please contact Dawn Kotowicz at (401) 874-6152. Please RSVP. For media inquiries, contact Sue Kennedy at (401) 874-6107 or email@example.com.
Great climate change article featuring our own Pam Rubinoff and the work that she and Teresa Crean are doing in Warwick’s Oakland Beach! Excerpted from Forty-One Degrees North Magazine, a publication of Rhode Island Sea Grant & The Coastal Institute at the University of Rhode Island. Written by Jerry O’Brien, Photographs by Michael Cevoli.