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A festival this weekend in the Massachusetts port town of New Bedford showcased the working waterfront, on the piers and in the harbor. From a scallop-shucking contest to whaleboat races, festival goers got to see Southern New England’s maritime heritage come alive. Here's an audio postcard from a new event at the 12-year-old festival, the nautical tattoo contest.

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In regional news, the Gulf of Maine Atlantic salmon, known as the “king of fish,” is one of eight marine species most at risk for extinction in the near future. The fisheries division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration just announced a new campaign to beef up efforts to help these endangered species survive.

NOAA Fisheries biologist Tara Trinko Lake said the Atlantic salmon were once abundant as far south as Connecticut, but they started to decline in the late 1800s from dams, overfishing, and pollution.


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.

Rhode Island Public Radio’s Environmental Reporter, Ambar Espinoza will host a public forum and conversation on the changing fisheries in Narragansett Bay.

This forum will be broadcast live on Thursday, October 9, 2014 from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Rhode Island Public Radio: 88.1 FM/102.7 FM/91.5 FM and RIPR.ORG.

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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.

RI Lakes And Ponds Stocked For Winter Fishing

Jan 6, 2014
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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.

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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.

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.”

Fishermen Look Ahead to Changing Climate

Apr 3, 2013
Bradley Campbell

Recreational fishing is a multi-million dollar industry in southern New England.  But fishermen are keeping an eye on how climate change will alter their industry.

Fishing Industry Leaders Meet in Warwick

Apr 2, 2013

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.