a publication of Rhode Island Sea Grant
and the University of Rhode Island Coastal Institute.
One of the founding members of the Ocean State Shellfish Cooperative, Arnoux grew up on the water. He began his fishing career shellfishing with his uncles on the south shore of Long Island and, when he moved to the Ocean State at 18 to earn his bachelor’s degree in coastal policy and management from the University of Rhode Island, he started quahogging and working on fish trap boats. It was in 2002 that Arnoux “put four years of college to good use and continued quahogging,” he jokes. He said what made him eventually turn his eye to oyster aquaculture was the declining price in littlenecks (from a high of 25 cents to 15 cents or less). “It just kept drifting down as the price for everything else was going up. I saw the writing on the wall, at least short term, and decided it was time to do something else,” he said.