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Azure Dee CyglerFisheries & Aquaculture Extension SpecialistCoastal Resources CenterRhode Island Sea GrantURI/ GSO401-874-6197 officeazure@crc.uri.eduR.I. Shellfish Management Plan

A Collaboration Between: Commercial and Recreational shellfish harvestersShellfish GrowersCoastal Resources Center/URIState and Federal AgenciesConcerned Members of the PublicNon-Profit & Conservation GroupsState-wide initiative2-year effortRecommendationsCollaborationStakeholder processOpen, transparentInclusiveScience-basedInfo exchangeDocumentationPreservingEnhancingImproving management

So, what is the Shellfish Management Plan?Improving communication

Working with the shellfish industry

Protecting & enhancing the resource

Stakeholder Meetings & Seminars

Human Use Interactions projectCataloging array of usesMapping uses on chartsCollecting info phaseScanning & digitizingArchived for future referenceOnline viewing soonTool for managers

What is the SMP doing to address all these different activities on the Bay and ponds?Example of digitized chartSome info about aquacultureCRMC is lead agency50 farms in 2012172.55 acres90 acres in Bay and B.I. (0.1%)82 acres in South Coastal Ponds (2.0% of 4 ponds)Winnapaug (8 acres)Ninigret (19.5 acres)Potters (6.9 acres)PJ (47.3 acres)Mostly Oysters, some clams and musselsValue of nearly $3M105 farm workersGreen Growth Industry

Science & ResearchSummer SeriesBaird SymposiumWeigh in on the mapsTell your storyCome to eventsEco-History (Fall)

How can I contribute to the SMP efforts?Switching Gears

Our changing shorelines

Public processDevelop policies & toolsProtect & manage development along vulnerable shorelinesInclude best available scienceAcknowledge existing uses Plan for a changing future

BookmarksShellfish Management Plan www.rismp.org Beach SAMP - www.beachsamp.org (coming soon) http://www.seagrant.gso.uri.edu/coast/beachsamp.htmlAll presentations on SlideShare www.slideshare.net Azure Cygler 401.874.6197, azure@crc.uri.edu

Thank you!

Cartoons courtesy: Don Bousquet


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