State legislators have introduced a resolution that would create a special commission to study the effects of ocean acidification on Rhode Island.
The world’s oceans are becoming increasingly acidic from all the carbon dioxide we’re dumping into them. Important habitats and fisheries, like shellfish, are rapidly degrading in many parts of the world due to ocean’s changing chemistry.
"We recognize that local seafood is part of the overall food system," said Ken Ayars, chief of the division of agriculture at the DEM. "We want to put time, effort, and money into supporting that component of the local food system, just like we do with land-based agriculture."
Small and beginning farmers and fishermen have until April 1 to apply for new grant money available to help them grow and promote their businesses.
The governor’s office and the Department of Environmental Management announced a new program with more than $200,000 in grants to make the state’s local food system stronger. The grant program was established by the Local Agriculture and Seafood Act (LASA) of 2012.
The state Department of Environmental Management is stocking six Rhode Island ponds with brook trout for the winter fishing season. According to a press release, the agency is stocking six ponds with 1,000 brook trout. This is on top of the 2,000 trout that were stocked last month.
Anglers are required to carry a current fishing license and a Trout Conservation Stamp. The daily bag limit currently stands at two fish per day.
Anglers are forbidden from wearing felt-soled footgear, as it promotes the spread of invasive species.
Anglers can count on trout to fish over the winter season. Officials with the Department of Environmental Management’s Fish and Wildlife Division stocked approximately 2,000 rainbow trout in several ponds statewide during the first two weeks of December.
Those ponds include Carbuncle Pond in Coventry, Barber Pond in South Kingstown, Silver Spring Lake in North Kingstown, and the Wood River with access from Route 165 in Exeter.