September SMP Update--Summer Progress

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Azure Cygler, Extensions Specialist at URI Coastal Resources Center and Rhode Island Sea Grant, provides an update on the Shellfish Management Plan's progress through the summer.

Azure Cygler, Extensions Specialist at URI Coastal Resources Center and Rhode Island Sea Grant, provides an update on the Shellfish Management Plan's progress through the summer.

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  • 1. September 17, 2013 5:00pm – 7:00pm
  • 2.  Updates on SMP progress  Seminar on the current shellfish licensing structure  Set the stage for a follow-up discussion on licensing – Your view, the future, concerns  Oct. 8th - 5-7pm,  Large Conference Room, Coastal Institute, URI Bay Campus
  • 3. Dennis Nixon Director, Rhode Island Sea Grant URI Bay Campus (401) 874-6800 dnixon@uri.edu
  • 4.  Summer Events –  125 public attendees  Great feedback from public  “Bucket List” for many  50 new listserv sign-ups  Over 1,000 unique visitors to www.RISMP.org  Generating advocates
  • 5.  “All over the Papers…” –
  • 6.  “A Day in the Life of a Quahogger: A Profile of Jeff Grant”  “A Quirky Business: Profile of Oyster Grower Jim Arnoux”  “Point of Entry: An Artist’s Perspective on public access to waterfronts”  “New Uses for Swimming Scallops: Scientists investigate the commercial potential of sea scallop viscera  “The Quahog State”  “A Short history of oysters in Rhode Island’s salt ponds”  “Cooking Local Seafood”
  • 7. “I’ve lived in Rhode Island my whole life and always wanted to go clamming.Thank you for making this possible!” “I think its amazing fishermen put clams out here so we can go digging for a summer BBQ – I had no idea!”
  • 8.  Lead writer: Sarah Schumann  Email: schumannsarah@gmail.com  Phone: (401) 297-6273
  • 9.  12th Annual Ronald C. Baird Sea Grant Science Symposium  “The Future of Shellfish in Rhode Island: Providing sustainable seafood, economic opportunities, and ecosystem benefits ”  November 14, 2013, Radisson Hotel,Warwick  For more information and to register, visit: http://seagrant.gso.uri.edu/baird/2013_shellfish/index.html
  • 10.  What is the Sea Grant research $$ again?  Process – review committee, finalization, etc.  Proposal Evaluation Criteria  What next?  Who made the final cut?
  • 11.  “Developing Information and Local Capacity to Manage the R.I.Whelk Fishery” – Kathy Castro (URI), Katie Eagan,Tom Angell (RI DEM)  “Quahog Larval Dispersal and Settlement in Narragansett Bay” – Scott Rutherford (RWU), Chris Kincaid (URI), Dale Leavitt (RWU), Jeff Mercer (DEM), David Ullman (GSO)  “Nitrogen Cycling ProcessesAcross an Oyster Aquaculture Chronosequence” – R.W. Fulweiler (BU)  “A Model for Understanding Public Support for Aquaculture & Estimating Social Carrying Capacity for Shellfish in R.I.Waters” – Tracey Dalton (URI), Di Jin (WHOI), Rob Thompson (URI)
  • 12.  “Could Diseases in Blue Mussels Affect Commercial Culture in the Northeast?” – Roxanna Smolowitz (RWU)  “A Geospatial Inventory and Preliminary Valuation of Human Uses of R.I. Coastal Ponds.” – RobThompson (URI),Tracey Dalton (URI), Jim Opaluch (URI), John Lake (F&W), Eric Schneider (F&W)
  • 13.  Year 1 andYear 2 schedule  Year 1: Ch.1, 3, 5, 8  Framing the chapters for Year 1  Chapter leads  TACs  Timeline
  • 14. SMP Chapter to complete inYEAR 1 SMP Chapter to complete inYEAR 2 Ch.1 – Introduction Ch.2 – Ecology of Narragansett Bay and Salt Ponds Ch.3 – Biology of Shellfish Ch.4 – Culture and History of Shellfish Ch.5 – Harvesting, Growing, and Restoring Shellfish Ch.6 – EconomicValue of Shellfish Ch.8 – Existing Statutes, Regulations, & Policies Ch.7 – Natural and Human Risks Ch.9 Management Structure Ch.10 – Conclusions Ch.11 - Implementation
  • 15.  Rationale and process in choosingTAC members  Timeline: 25 August, 2013 Final list of prospectiveTAC members 05 Sept. 2013 Prospective members contacted 16 Sept.2013 Responses from prospectiveTAC members 17 Sept.2013 Announce TACs at SMP meeting Oct.2013 FirstTAC meeting; review outlines Oct.-Dec. 2013 TACs draft management recommendations Jan.2014 DRAFT management recommendations completed forYear 1 chapters Jan.-May 2014 Finalize year 1 chapters Summer/Fall/Winter 2014 Implementation ofYear 1 recommendations
  • 16.  Chapter 1 (Jen McCann)  Grover Fugate, CRMC  Janet Coit, RIDEM  Michael Fine, RI DOH  Chapter 3 (Dale Leavitt)  Marty Chintala, EPA  Najih Lazir, URI  Jeff Grant, commercial harvest  Mike Rice, URI  Steve Brown,TNC  Warren Prell, Brown  Marta Gomez-Chiarri  Sheldon Pratt, GSO PROPOSED/ NOTYET CONFIRMED
  • 17.  Chapter 5 (Azure, Monique, Jeff Mercer)  Jim Arnoux, aquaculture  Art Ganz, Salt Ponds  Paul Kennedy, recreational  Bryan DeAngelis,TNC  Katie Eagan, commercial harvest  Mike McGiveney, commercial harvest  Bob Rheault, aquaculture  MA & CT state agencies  Chapter 8 (JuliaWyman & Melissa Chalek, RWU)  Gary Powers, RI DEM  Brian Goldman, CRMC  Dennis Nixon, RI SG  Greg Schultz, AG Office  WendyWaller  Ben Goetsch, industry  Trish Jedele, CLF PROPOSED/ NOT ALL CONFIRMED
  • 18.  Preliminary ReviewCommittee (PRC)  Opportunity to review drafts 2 weeks before public review  Open to interested parties  Overall Reviewers  Looks over final document, edits, formats, etc.  Selection in 2014
  • 19. “Shellfish Licensing in RI: Structure & Purpose, Status &Trends” (Followed by audience questions and a short “American Idol” style survey)