CRC’s Jennifer McCann Wins 2017 Benchley Award as Ocean SAMP Team Member

Jen_OceanSAMPJennifer 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.

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New Book Reveals R.I.’s Shellfish Heritage

shellishbookcoverCRC partnered with URI’s Coastal Institute and Rhode Island Sea Grant to sponsor the newly published book,  “Rhode Island’s Shellfish Heritage: An Ecological History” by Sarah Schumann.

The book details the history of the state’s iconic shellfish and tells the stories of the people and communities who harvest, grow, sell and enjoy Rhode Island’s rich and delicious native catch. You can purchase the publication, which comes alive with historic and contemporary photographs, or read it online on the R.I. Sea Grant website.

Reminder: Beach SAMP Stakeholder Meeting is March 3

Don’t forget to attend the next Beach SAMP Stakeholder Meeting Tuesday, March 3, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Coastal Institute Auditorium, URI Narragansett Bay Campus. The topic is “How Can Coastal Engineering Contribute to Resilient Coastal Communities. Christopher P. Jones,  P.E., will address the question: “Coastal engineering can counteract some of the processes and forces attacking our shorelines and communities, but what are the practical and financial limits? Jones is a registered professional engineer specializing in coastal hazard identification, hazard mitigation and coastal engineering with more than 30 years of experience.

Pizza will be served at 5:30 p.m. RSVP to

This Beach SAMP stakeholder meeting is cosponsored by RI Flood Mitigation Association (RIFMA)