Lazar Leads Panel at International Forum

CRC senior fisheries management adviser, Najih Lazar, was invited to lead a high-level panel and discussion at the Crans Montana Forum on Africa and South-South Cooperation in Dakhla, Morocco, from March 15 to 20. Portrait of Lazar
The forum brought together heads of state and government, ministers, regional and international organizations, and above all key businesses based in Africa and the South-South.

Lazar led the panel “Ocean Economy and Fishing Industry, A Strategic Sector for Africa,” which addressed issues of concern for the Blue Belt Initiative, a South-South integrated regional cooperation and development tool. Those issues included:

1. Economic potential of the fishing industry
2. Understanding climate-change challenges to sustainability and food security
3. Supporting new integrated coastal observation systems and facilitating their integration globally
4. Encouraging actions for sustainable fishing on the entire value chain in order to
fight ocean warming
5. Fostering the development of sustainable aquaculture, particularly seaweed farming

Web site Home Page for Blue Belt
Lazar is very proud of the Blue Belt Initiative. (It’s Web site just recently launched.) Blue Belt established an African collaborative platform to find practical and locally developed solutions for the impact of climate change on fisheries and aquaculture sectors.

Lazar’s work upholds CRC’s reputation as an organization where talented, experienced, technical staff are engaged in coastal science and management challenges around the world.

CRC to Hire Business Coordinator for International Projects

The Center is adding an experienced business administrator to its International Team. The Coordinator. International Field Projects will help directors, principal investigators, and technical staff manage the business and fiscal operations of a growing portfolio of multi-institutional, multi-million-dollar projects that are ongoing in several countries around the world.

Responsibilities include administrative, financial, and support services, and operation of systems that track expenses and cash flows relative to annual work budgets.

The successful applicant will possess a bachelor’s degree in business, accounting, or a related field and a minimum of five years of business management experience, including budget preparation and personnel management, income and expense analysis, and managing federal research grants and contracts.

With a unique balance for each project, CRC’s international programs focus on and support: 1) Safe, local, abundant, and sustainable seafood; 2) Thriving coastal communities; 3) Vibrant, well-managed oceans, coasts, and watersheds.

Complete details about this position can be found on the URI Web site at:

https://jobs.uri.edu/postings/3261

BeachSAMP Stakeholder Meeting, Thursday, March 29, 2018, 6-8pm

Please join us at the next Shoreline Change Special Area Management Plan (BeachSAMP) Public Stakeholder Meeting to launch Chapter 6: State and Municipal Considerations, and Chapter 7: Adaptation Strategies.

DATE: Thursday, March 29, 2018

TIME: 6-8 pm
Pizza to be served at 5:30pm

LOCATION: URI Narragansett Bay Campus, Corless Auditorium (Building #2 on this map)

WEBCAST:  TBD

TOPIC:   RI Shoreline Change Special Area Management Plan (SAMP) – Release of DRAFT Beach SAMP document Chapters 6 & 7

RSVP to beachSAMP@etal.uri.edu

The next two (2) chapters of the RI Shoreline Change Special Area Management Plan will be shared and released at this stakeholder meeting.  RI CRMC Director Grover Fugate and the project team from the URI Coastal Resources Center will introduce each chapter and address audience questions.  PLEASE NOTE, The DRAFT chapters will be available for download and review upon conclusion of the public meeting, which will mark the start of a ten (10) day public comment period. 

The chapters being released on March 29th include:

Chapter 6: State and Municipal Considerations
Chapter 7: Adaptation Strategies.

CRC a Key Partner in New USAID Project for Madagascar

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CRC recently received the great news that a new USAID project in Madagascar has been given the green light.

The project, titled Hay Tao (or “know-how” in Malagasy), will focus on natural resource management and involve several partners, including the World Resources Institute and Blue Ventures, with whom CRC currently collaborates in Madagascar on capacity development for managers of locally managed marine areas. A lagoon in Madagascar

Hay Tao’s lead is Pact, a nonprofit international development organization that works around the world to improve the lives of those challenged by poverty and marginalization. CRC will lead the efforts that focus on coastal communities and marine protected areas. This project will draw on the Center’s more than two decades of similar experience in the Western Indian Ocean region.

The project announcement was made on World Wildlife Day.  According to USAID: “Hay Tao is the largest U.S. environmental investment in Madagascar in nearly a decade and represents the U.S. government’s strong commitment to preserving Madagascar’s unique environmental heritage.” The press release from USAID continues: “Hay Tao, a five-year activity valued at $23 million USD, will be one of two major activities under a Conservation and Communities Project (CCP) operated by USAID. CCP will focus on strengthening and empowering local communities to lead the way on managing nearby natural resources ‘from reefs to rainforests to regulators.’”

Webinar-How to Harvest Your Own Clams in Rhode Island

Tuesday, March 27th
2:00-3:00pm
Click the below link to join:
https://zoom.us/j/789941446

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.

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:
http://www.crc.uri.edu/download/GH2014_POL055_CRC_FIN508.pdf

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

Working with Local Schools

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.

PREP-RI Team Wins RI APA Award

PREP-RI team
PREP-RI team

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.