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A model for understanding public support for aquaculture & estimating social carrying capacities in RI waters presented at the May 19, 2014 Shellfish Management Plan stakeholder meeting.

A model for understanding public support for aquaculture & estimating social carrying capacities in RI waters presented at the May 19, 2014 Shellfish Management Plan stakeholder meeting.

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A model for understanding public support for aquaculture & estimating social carrying capacities in RI waters A model for understanding public support for aquaculture & estimating social carrying capacities in RI waters Presentation Transcript

  • A model for understanding public support for aquaculture & estimating social carrying capacities in RI waters RI SG Meet the Researchers 19 May 2014
  • Who are we? URI-Marine Affairs Tracey Dalton-Policy Science Rob Thompson-Planning & Law WHOI-Marine Policy Center Di Jin-Resource Economics Other researchers, practitioners & stakeholders
  • What are we going to study? RI General Laws state that “the process of aquaculture should only be conducted within the waters of the state in a manner consistent with the best public interest” This project will explore the public interest (or interests) associated with aquaculture in RI.
  • RESEARCH QUESTION #1 What are the levels of public support for aquaculture in Rhode Island? Why do people support (or oppose) aquaculture?
  • RESEARCH QUESTION #2 At what point are the amounts or types of aquaculture in an area no longer acceptable to the public (or different parts of the public)?
  • “In the coastal salt ponds…5% of the total open water surface area” (CMP 300.11) Current levels of aquaculture Peak levels of aquaculture (early 20th century) What are “acceptable levels” for an area?
  • How will we do the study? 1) Create a photo-questionnaire
  • Boat encounters in a Hawaiian marine park Needham et al. 2011
  • Inglis et al. 1999 Snorkelers on the Great Barrier Reef
  • How will we do the study? 1) Create a photo-questionnaire 3) Analyze responses 2) Distribute to RI residents, waterfront owners, commercial shellfish harvesters, aquaculture farmers 4) Coordinate with RI Sea Grant, RI CRMC, RI DEM, and other stakeholders
  • • Address public concerns early on in aquaculture siting & permitting • Develop more targeted education programs • Inform policy discussions related to social carrying capacity What are some expected outcomes?
  • For more info, please contact: Dr. Tracey Dalton (URI) 401-874-2434 dalton@uri.edu http://web.uri.edu/dalton/