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CLEAN SHORELINE: Volunteers and members of Save The Bay Inc. participate in a shoreline cleanup event at Colt State Park in Bristol.
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RIPPLE EFFECTS: As Narragansett Bay gets cleaner, economic outcomes remain murky

Talk to anyone who lives in Rhode Island, and it’s likely they could tell you a story connected to Narragansett Bay, says Mike Jarbeau,...
GROWTH ­POTENTIAL: Roger Williams University shellfish researchers, from left, assistant professor Hisham Abdelrahman, field operations manager Susanna Osinski and assistant Kristen Savastano, check aquaculture equipment near the school’s Bristol campus. 
PBN FILE PHOTO/­MICHAEL SALERNO

Cleaner bay can help boost the state’s blue economy

The state says Narragansett Bay is the cleanest it has been in 150 years. For those who live around the bay and enjoy it...
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...
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...

Coastal regulators look to standardize wind farm compensation deals to avoid...

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – Could a formula be the key to solving disputes over how much major wind farm developers owe to local fishermen? After a...

Amid negotiations, R.I. fishing industry remains concerned over offshore wind impact,...

PROVIDENCE - What is the price of loss of livelihood? This question is at the center of negotiations between local fishing industry representatives and offshore...
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...
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...
PROGRAM TRAINERS: Fred Mattera, left, program director and trainer for the Commercial Fisheries Center of Rhode Island apprenticeship program for new crew members for the Rhode Island fishing fleet, with Jon Knight, owner of Superior Trawl. Knight is net-repair trainer for the center. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Fishing apprenticeship program aimed at getting military veterans back to work

Veterans often face a host of challenges when returning to civilian life after military service. Among the biggest is entering and adjusting to the civilian...
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