Local aquaculture industry experiences growth in 2016
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UNITED STATESMonday, April 17, 2017WAKEFIELD - Despite a harmful algal bloom in 2016 which closed major portions

 

UNITED STATES
Monday, April 17, 2017
 

WAKEFIELD - Despite a harmful algal bloom in 2016 which closed major portions of Narragansett Bay to shellfishing, 2016 saw a growth in Rhode Island’s aquaculture industry, with the number of farms increasing from 61 to 70.

The aquaculture industry in Rhode Island has seen steady growth over the past several years, explained David Beutel, aquaculture coordinator at the Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC). 

“It’s been a very positive thing for the industry,” Beutel said, adding that he anticipates such steady growth will continue. 

The spread of the aquaculture industry could actually be beneficial to the ecosystems of the state’s coastal salt ponds. According to research led by Mark Stolt, a soil scientist at the University of Rhode Island, there are two main components to consider when talking about the environmental effects of oyster aquaculture.

Source: The Narragansett Times


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