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.”
Leaders of the recreational fishing industry are holding a symposium Tuesday in Warwick. The industry wants to call attention to its economic importance to the state.
The recreational fishing industry in Rhode Island is much more than a kid with a pole in one hand, and Styrofoam cup full of night-crawlers in the other. Or so says the Vice President of the Saltwater Anglers Foundation, Rich Hittinger. He’s says the industry is a huge economic driver for the state, and one that’s often lost amid the struggles of its commercial fishing peers.