“Fishing Communities in Ghana to Benefit from Micro-Insurance”

Coastal Resources Center, four others sign agreement

The Coastal Resources Center of the University of Rhode Island and four other organizations signed an agreement Tuesday, October 11, 2016, in Accra to provide life micro-insurance for fishing communities in Ghana. This initiative is under the auspices of the USAID/Ghana Sustainable Fisheries Management Project, a US Government Feed the Future Initiative. The initiative also forms part of a commitment to transform and develop Ghana’s Fisheries and Agricultural sector. It is also aimed at supporting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) for poverty and hunger reduction. Read full story

Video Takes You on the Water with a Quahogger

For hundreds of years, people have harvested quahogs from Narragansett Bay in Rhode Island, for sustenance and income. This video gives you a first-hand glimpse into this iconic New England way of life with quahogger Dave Andrade. CRC worked closely with this community and a broad range of stakeholders to develop Rhode Island’s first Shellfish Management Plan.

Legal Aspects of Living Along Shoreline Topic of March 30 Talk

saltpondpicA series of educational programs about Rhode Island’s salt ponds and their uses, particularly shellfish farming, continues March 30 with “Riparian Privilege: Legal Aspects to Living Along the Shoreline,” presented by Dennis Esposito, adjunct professor at the Marine Affairs Institute and director of the Environmental and Land-Use Clinical Externship Program at Roger Williams University School of Law.

The presentation will be held from 5:30-7 p.m., Wednesday, March 30, at Cross Mills Public Library, 4417 Old Post Road, Charlestown, RI.

Refreshments will be served. RSVP to Azure Cygler at azure@crc.uri.edu.

This series is sponsored by Rhode Island Sea Grant and the CRC, in collaboration with Roger Williams University and the R.I. Coastal Resources Management Council, supported by a grant from the NOAA National Sea Grant College Program. For more information visit www.rismp.org

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: kimberly.sullivan@dem.ri.gov or  401-539-0019.