This article was published in Volume 7 Issue 2 of 41°N
a publication of Rhode Island Sea Grant
and the University of Rhode Island Coastal Institute.
Running an oyster farm is not your typical 40-hour workweek. Jim Arnoux, the 32-year-old owner of East Beach Farms and president of the Ocean State Aquaculture Association has spent the past nine years tending up to 3 million oysters a year in Charlestown’s Ninigret Pond, the largest of the nine salt ponds in Southern Rhode Island. During the growing season, from March to November, he could spend 50 to 60 hours a week at his two farms, tending to his oysters and equipment.
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.
This article was published in the Rhode Island NSF EPSCoR's
Current publication: Spring 2012
Professors Candace Oviatt and Scott Nixon have trained over 65 graduate students, published nearly 275 papers in prestigious journals (25 of them in collaboration), and received national recognition for their work. They are considered two of the foremost experts on Narragansett Bay. Nixon and Oviatt call the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography home. The convenient location on Narragansett Bay allows them and their students to study everything from low oxygen environments to the turnover of nutrients, known as biogeochemical cycling.
This article was published in Bermudian paper: The Royal Gazette
Kiskadee, Brazil Pepper and poisonous fish are not the first thing that comes to mind when someone says the word “alien,” but that’s what they are: alien species. More commonly referred to as invasive or non-native species, there’s more potential danger from these invading organisms than there is from little green men in UFOs.
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