Peter B. Lord Seminars: Coastal Aquaculture in New England – Agenda

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The Future of New England’s Aquaculture Industry

September 30, 2015
11:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

University of Rhode Island
Graduate School of Oceanography
Coastal Institute
Hazard Rooms A and B



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12:00-12:10 p.m.
Welcome and Introductions
Sunshine Menezes, Metcalf Institute executive director

12:10-1:30 p.m.
Introduction to Coastal Aquaculture in Southern New England
David Beutel, Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council
Bob Rheault, East Coast Shellfish Growers Association
David Roebuck, Salt Pond Oysters

Speakers will describe the current state of aquaculture from Long Island Sound to Cape Cod, including the major species being cultivated and economic impacts of the coastal aquaculture industry in the region. Following this introduction, a panel of regional shellfish growers will discuss current efforts to diversify harvests and business models.

1:30 – 1:45 p.m.

1:45 – 3:00 p.m.
Managing the Industry and Sorting Out User Conflicts
Tessa Getchis, Connecticut Sea Grant
Azure Cygler, Rhode Island Sea Grant and URI Coastal Resources Center

As aquaculture expands in the coastal zone, so does the potential for conflicts between residents, recreational users, wildcaught fisheries, and shellfish growers. Speakers will identify the roots of these conflicts and how they are being addressed in New England.

3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Environmental Impacts and Benefits of Coastal Aquaculture in Southern New England

Wally Fulweiler, Boston University
Julie Rose, National Marine Fisheries Service

Shellfish farming, specifically, is often described as an environmental benefit for coastal areas. Yet there has been relatively little research on the specifics of how coastal aquaculture affects nutrient cycling, water quality, and surrounding ecosystems in southern New England.

4:30 p.m.


This seminar was sponsored by Rhode Island Sea Grant, the URI Coastal Institute, and Metcalf Institute donors.

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