The Rhode Island Foundation has announced the winners for this year’s innovation fellowships. The program is aimed at sparking new ideas for the state. The award comes with a $300,000 grant.
This year’s two winners include John Haley, a scientist specializing in marine fisheries. He’s working on a product to improve mussel aquaculture. It’s a kind of cord that’s “pre-loaded” with mussel larvae to speed up the cultivation time for mussel farmers.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration submits its annual fisheries report to Congress Wednesday. By law (the Magnuson-Stevens Act), NOAA Fisheries must report annually on fish populations within 200 miles of the coast. The agency is also tasked with rebuilding depleted stocks.
Last year, NOAA Fisheries brought two fish species, (considered depleted), back up to healthy levels, and removed several others from the overfishing and overfished lists.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has infused $1.6 million into the Rhode Island Sea Grant Program. This money will support ongoing research and conservation projects in the Ocean State.
The fisheries division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has exempted some Gulf of Maine fishermen from emergency fishing restrictions it issued last November. A fisheries analyst said the latest compromise still meets the goal to protect the region’s cod, but not everyone agrees.
NOAA Fisheries issued fishing trip limits last November that would reduce the Gulf of Maine cod catch by 20 metric tons. Fisheries policy analyst William Whitmore said fishermen came back with an alternate proposal.
The University of Rhode Island has announced a $24 million grant to help rebuild fisheries in Ghana. The grant for the Coastal Resources Center at the School of Oceanography is the largest in URI's history.
The money will fund a project in collaboration with USAID's Feed the Future initiative, attempting to curb over-fishing in Ghana. The project aims to help Ghana develop new fishing regulations and a management plan to ensure the sustainability of fish stocks.