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SUCCESSFUL NEGOTIATIONS between the developer for the Revolution Wind project and Rhode Island fishermen over the installation of power cables in the fishing grounds off the Rhode Island coast may be the model on how to resolve future disputes as more offshore wind projects seek approvals. / SOURCE: R.I. DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT / PBN GRAPHIC/ANNE EWING

Is this a path to peace between offshore wind, fishermen?

Fishermen and offshore wind developers say a recent agreement over the installation of undersea cables for the 100-turbine Revolution Wind project marks a turning...

State unveils new mobile app, redesigned website to promote seafood sales

PROVIDENCE – A new mobile app and redesigned website aim to push seafood to the top of the menu for Rhode Island consumers. The new...
ON COURSE: Daniel Costa, Port of Galilee manager for the R.I. Department of Environmental Management, examines the improvements being made along the commercial waterfront at the port. 
PBN PHOTO/­MICHAEL SALERNO

Galilee port overhaul drawing new business

Jon Williams knew the moment he visited the Port of Galilee that this was a “logistically perfect” location for his crab business. The owner of...
NOTHING BUT NET: From left, U.S. Extruders Inc. Plant Manager Wade Lippo and assemblers Lexus Falcone and Dan Brownhead work with fishing net. 
PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

US Extruders Inc. hopes plastic makes perfect for new products

PBN Innovative Companies 2022 MANUFACTURING: U.S. Extruders Inc. THE OCEANS OF THE WORLD contain islands of plastics and other garbage. Westerly-based manufacturer U.S. Extruders Inc. is...
CAUTION SIGNAL: Fred Mattera, executive director of the Commercial Fisheries Center of Rhode Island, warns of the potential for loss of life and loss of vessels because the 1-mile-wide transit lanes allocated for traveling around wind turbines don’t provide enough room to safely maneuver vessels in high winds and storms when visibility is low. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

POWERING UP: Offshore wind sector gains momentum despite pandemic

Stark white walls, blank computer screens and empty desk chairs weren’t what the executives at Denmark-based wind-energy firm Orsted had in mind when they...
THE UNIVERSITY OF RHODE ISLAND Fisheries Center, along with Rhode Island Sea Grant, Eating with the Ecosystem, the Commercial Fisheries Center of Rhode Island and the Rhode Island Seafood Marketing Collaborative announced Tuesday that a new app, called FishLine, is being adapted for use locally to help local fishermen sell their catch to customers. / COURTESY PHONDINI PARTNERS

New app to help local fishing industry reach customers

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – The University of Rhode Island Fisheries Center, along with Rhode Island Sea Grant, Eating with the Ecosystem, the Commercial Fisheries Center...
KATE MASURY, program director for South Kingstown-based nonprofit Eating with the Ecosystem, is collaborating with the Commercial Fisheries Center of Rhode Island and the Rhode Island Food Policy Council to create a 'Cook a Fish, Give a Fish!' virtual cooking class series to help individuals cook seafood at home and, through ticket sales, purchase seafood for families in need. / COURTESY EATING WITH THE ECOSYSTEM

Stepping Up: Fishing industry creates seafood cooking classes that will also...

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – Local fishermen have had to figure out ways to stay afloat amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The industry has been impacted the closure...
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...
MAKING CONNECTIONS: Tyrone A. Smith, left, director of employment and housing at Operation Stand Down Rhode Island, meets with Tim Ruel, veterans employment and training specialist, and Lindsey Arigno, veterans employment specialist. OSDRI assists veterans who are seeking jobs.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Government, nonprofits, companies help veterans surmount employment hurdles

When Elexious Dasilva was discharged from the U.S. Army last November after serving for two years, she knew she needed to find a job...
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