RI Delegation Allocates Funds for Marine Resources

first_imgU.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressmen Jim Langevin and David Cicilline have announced over $1.6 million in federal funding from the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for the Rhode Island Sea Grant Program.Rhode Island Sea Grant will use the funds to continue work on the state’s Shellfish Management Plan.In addition, with construction of the five wind turbines for Block Island waters underway, Rhode Island Sea Grant will be updating the Ocean Special Area Management Plan, which is helping to ensure that the new wind turbines have a minimal effect on existing ocean users like fishermen and recreational boaters.“Rhode Island’s coastal habitat and fisheries are an essential part of our culture and economy. The University of Rhode Island is a national leader in ocean research and conservation, and the Sea Grant program has been a vital partner in carrying out cooperative research and strengthening our coastal communities. I will continue working to keep federal funding flowing to URI to conduct this important research and protect our oceans,” said Senator Reed, a member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS), and Related Agencies, which oversees NOAA funding.Administered by the University of Rhode Island, the Rhode Island Sea Grant Program supports research, community outreach, and education programs aimed at better understanding and preserving coastal communities and marine environments. The program focuses on four priority areas: healthy coastal ecosystems; sustainable fisheries and aquaculture; resilient communities and economies; and environmental literacy and workforce development. Recent initiatives have included developing guidelines for offshore energy and commercial ocean development, such as Rhode Island’s Ocean Special Area Management Plan, and protecting important fishing grounds to help preserve the state’s vital fishing industry.Image: reed.senatelast_img read more

Witness to a train wreck

first_img“I’m not sure if I should laugh or bring you a drink!”  “Blame the Russians!”  Those are a couple of the many texts received on Thursday night’s election coverage over WLAF.  And for good reason.  If you tuned in or tried to , you found out real fast that WLAF’s broadcast was headed south in a hurry.  There was a slight stumble to start before everything smoothed out for about 20-minutes.   Then the train left the station heading straight to the ditch.Thanks to our wonderful and dedicated staff, WLAF recovered and finished the evening the totals and then had a record turnout for candidate calls and in-person interviews.  Thank you to all of you who called and came by.We greatly appreciate your patience with us as we struggled to regain our balance.  And in the end, all of the evening’s sponsors wound up with more commercials than promised.In almost 50-years of broadcasting, this night takes the cake.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 08/03/2018-MIDNIGHT)Share this:FacebookTwitterlast_img read more