Rhode Island’s aquaculture industry grew by 7 percent last year despite icy conditions in coastal waters.
Frozen coastal ponds meant individual growers harvested less shellfish than the previous year, according to David Beutel, aquaculture coordinator with the state Coastal Resources Management Council.
“However because in 2015 we had more growers than we had the year before, overall the state's production was up,” said Beutel. “It did balance out for an overall increase.”
The demand for oysters is driving that overall growth, he said.