State seeks input for new shellfish management plan

Jan 7, 2013

The state is meeting with local shellfish harvesters this evening at the University of Rhode Island.  The state is working to craft a new shellfish management plan to protect the vital resource.

NOTE: Tonight's meeting is open to the public and begins at 6 pm at URI’s Narragansett Bay campus.

Shellfish is one of the state’s key resources. That’s why URI’s Director of the US Coastal Research Program, Jen McCann, says the state is working with a variety of groups to find the best way to protect the species. McCann says they hope to create the new plan with help from the industry.

“Shellfish is part of who we are in Rhode Island," she says. "It’s part of our culture. Yet we’re having some issues as how we are managing shellfish now and also, do we have enough science to base many of our management systems.”

McCann says the meeting will educate people on the process of creating the new management plan. She hopes this understanding will allow those in the industry to contribute their knowledge of the species so the state can create the best management plan possible.

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