Rhode Island's Aquaculture Industry Continues to Grow

Apr 25, 2013

Aquaculture, the practice of farming fish and shellfish in the sea, is doing well in the Ocean State.

The good news for aquaculture farmers is the industry is growing. The Coastal Resources Management Council says the number of aquaculture farms increased in the last year from 43 to 50.  The industry contributes 105 jobs to the local economy. CRMC’s David Beutel said the industry is healthy and will be able to adapt to climate change.

“That will be a change to our industry," he said. "But that is something that will be more easily handled.”

Beutel said aquaculture farmers in southern states are already adapting to warming waters. He predicts the Rhode Island farmers will be able to do the same.