On Monday, October 7, Governor Lincoln Chafee, Rep. Eileen Naughton, and leaders from the state’s environmental agencies and organizations went clamming on Narragansett Bay on local shellfisherman Jody King’s boat in support of the R.I. Shellfish Management Plan project currently underway. Photo/Rhode Island Sea Grant

On Monday, October 7, Governor Lincoln Chafee, Rep. Eileen Naughton, and leaders from the state’s environmental agencies and organizations went clamming on Narragansett Bay on local shellfisherman Jody King’s boat in support of the R.I. Shellfish Management Plan project currently underway. Photo/Rhode Island Sea Grant

Water quality, regulations, economics, social trends, habitat, innovation—all these forces contribute to the success or failure of commercial shellfishing and shellfish aquaculture. Rhode Island has embarked on the development of a shellfish management plan that addresses these issues, and a symposium is bringing together experts from the state, the region, and beyond to discuss them.

Join us at the Radisson Hotel, Warwick, R.I., November 14 for the 2013 Ronald C. Baird Sea Grant Science Symposium, “The Future of Shellfish in Rhode Island: Providing sustainable seafood, economic opportunities, and ecosystem benefits,” to discuss the current and the potential value—economic and environmental—of shellfish to Rhode Island. The sessions will focus on Restoration and Public Aquaculture, Commercial Aquaculture, Commercial Wild Harvest, Water Quality, and the “Go Local” Movement. Registration is $45. Student rate and industry scholarships are available at $20. To register, please contact Deborah Lafen at (401) 874-6645.

The 2013 Baird Symposium is funded by Rhode Island Sea Grant, the URI Coastal Institute, and the Rhode Island Shellfish Management Plan.

This event is being coordinated in partnership with representatives from the University of Rhode Island Coastal Resources Center, Rhode Island Sea Grant, University of Rhode Island, Roger Williams University, R.I. Department of Environmental Management, R.I. Coastal Resources Management Council, The Nature Conservancy, East Coast Shellfish Growers Association, and the local shellfishing industry.

 

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