CEED Shellfish Hatchery
Much of our activity focuses on the cultivation and restoration of shellfish. Not only are these a harvestable product, but they have the additional advantage that, as filter feeders, they remove a substantial amount of nitrogen from the bay while also clearing the water (link). It turns out that maintaining a healthy shellfish population can be both profitable and good for the environment!
The Rhode Island commercial shellfishing industry has a long and proud history, and our local product maintains an international reputation for quality. But, our shellfishermen face periodic closures to productive areas of Narragansett Bay, a sharp decline in the local oyster population and fluctuating market prices for the quahogs (hard clams) that make up the bulk of their harvest. We collaborate with members of the Rhode Island Shellfishermen’s Association and the Ocean State Fishermen’s Association – the two local industry groups. Our staff assists them with shellfish propagation and enhancement; our business faculty have examined their health and medical insurance needs, and on-going support on issues affecting the oceans and coasts is provided by the legal team of the RWU Marine Affairs Program.

Center for Economic & Environmental Development, Roger Williams University, One Old Ferry Rd, Bristol, RI 02809
(401) 254-3563 | fax (401) 254-3310 | tscott@rwu.edu