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LIFTOFF: Jaia Robotics LLC owner Ian Estaphan Owen launches one of his company’s aquatic robots in Narragansett Bay. Newport-based Jaia could be a benefactor if the University of Rhode Island Research Foundation’s proposal to boost the blue economy is named a winner in the $1 billion Build Back Better Regional Challenge. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

EYES ON THE PRIZE: 2 key R.I. sectors could get $100M...

Ian Estaphan Owen launched a marine robotics company less than two years ago with the aim of helping combat the effects of climate change. But...
STRONG CONNECTIONS: Jennifer McCann, director of the U.S. Coastal Program at the University of Rhode Island’s Coastal Resources Center, shown here at the URI Bay Campus in Narragansett, says Rhode Island can build a sustainable future by connecting its related industries in the blue economy. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

Super sector: Experts say R.I.’s $5B blue economy has oceans of...

Intertwined with Rhode Island’s economy as a source of food, recreation and power, and as a medium for transportation and defense, the ocean has...
TAKES GUTS: Michael Marchetti, executive director of the Rhode Island-based Commercial Fisheries Research Foundation, sees potential profits in scallop viscera. / COURTESY JOHN LEE

URI to measure R.I.’s ocean economy to foster business collaboration

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – The University of Rhode Island is leading a wide-ranging study to document the size and impact of the so-called “blue economy”...
THE UNIVERSITY OF RHODE ISLAND announced Monday the largest grant in the school's history - $25 million - will help fund endeavors to improve best practices in the Filipino fisheries industry. Pictured is Elin Torell, director for international programs at URI’s Coastal Resources Center and the lead researcher for the USAID/Philippines Fish Right Program. /PHOTO BY AYLA FOX/COURTESY URI

URI Philippine fisheries project receives $25M grant, largest in school’s history

NARRAGANSETT – In an international effort to improve practices in the Philippine fishing industry, University of Rhode Island researchers working through its Coastal Resources...
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