Peter B. Lord Seminar: Coastal Aquaculture in New England

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September 30, 2015
12:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Coastal Institute on the Bay Campus
URI Graduate School of Oceanography
Bunch closed oysters on a seafood market

Coastal shellfish farming is a rapidly growing industry, generating millions of dollars in revenue up and down the East coast.  Aquaculture is poised to expand in the region as growers diversify their harvests to meet strong national and international demand.  With rapid growth comes user conflicts, fueling  debates between wild harvesters and shellfish farmers and land-use conflicts between shellfish farmers, residents, and those who want to use the areas for recreation.

This Peter B. Lord Seminar on the Environment, for professional journalists, introduced participants to sources representing a range of regional perspectives and provided the background needed to break the stories behind these issues.

The free Peter Lord Seminar was held on Wednesday, September 30, in the Coastal Institute at University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography, 218 South Ferry Road in Narragansett.

The seminar explored a range of environmental, economic, and policy issues news audience want to know about, including:

  • What species are being cultivated in the region and how do these aquaculture facilities operate?
  • How does shellfish aquaculture affect water quality and wild shellfish populations?
  • What are the limits to the growth of aquaculture farms in the region?
  • What sort of innovative management approaches are being developed to address and minimize user conflicts?
  • What can we learn from other communities in coastal regions facing similar land-use conflicts?


The seminar was offered at no charge to participating journalists thanks to the generous support of Rhode Island Sea Grant, the Coastal Institute, and Metcalf Institute donors.

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