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NARRAGANSETT – R.I. Department of Environmental Management Director Janet Coit last week unveiled the new R.I. Marine Fisheries Institute at an event at the University of Rhode Island’s Bay Campus.
According to a news release, the institute is based on the successful model developed between the Mass. Division of Marine Fisheries and the University of Massachusetts. DEM and URI have worked over the past year to develop the institute. It aims to promote sustainable fisheries by providing timely information and guidance to protect, conserve and manage Rhode Island’s marine-fisheries resources through research, education and public service.
According to a statement, the institute uses a partnership-based approach, drawing upon close ties with Rhode Island’s marine-fishing industry and will leverage collective state assets to better understand and manage marine resources. •