Rhode Island's Support for Oyster Farming Pays Off in Growth
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Providence Journal] By Alex Kuffner - April 6, 2015 -
In 1996, Rhode Island's aquaculture industry ranked last in the nation in acreage and production. Since then, the growth of the sector -- primarily oyster farming -- has been nothing short of extraordinary.
According to the most recent national data, in 2013 Rhode Island still ranked close to the bottom in terms of acreage -- it's a small state, after all -- but cultivation and harvesting of native, high-value oysters had skyrocketed, moving the Ocean State up to 24th place in a comparison of sales, ahead of many inland states but also in front of South Carolina, Alaska and New Hampshire.
The latest report on the industry from the Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council confirms that aquaculture is continuing to grow at a rapid pace...
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