A Report On The University Of Rhode Island Sea Grant Program For July 1972 To June 1973
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A Report On The University Of Rhode Island Sea Grant Program For July 1972 To June 1973

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    Stated simply, the goal of the University of Rhode Island Sea Grant program is to promote wise use of the coastal environment. During 1972-​73, carrying out the Sea Grant objective has meant helping people in their ocean-​oriented occupations—hel​ping fishermen at Point Judith, Rhode Island, boost their herring catch six-fold over that of two years ago; providing experimental data necessary for construction of the first salmon aquaculture facility of its kind in New England; carrying out research at the request of the boating industry to determine if small boat marinas present a serious pollution problem, and providing a diagnostic service for fish hatcheries and commercial fish growers in and out of the state. Wise use of the ocean, however, also means long-​range planning and management. Sea Grant has become involved in this effort by providing local, state and federal governments and agencies with data and recommendations critical to the decision-​making process. For example, the Coastal Resources Center completed an intensive study of Rhode Island barrier beaches and made management recommendations which are now state regulations. To​ols developed in other projects could also aid decision-​makers. Sea Grant fisheries biologists have formulated a method of finding out if the intensive New England lobster fishing effort is actually reducing the catch by lobstermen. Re source economists have constructed an economic model of the Narragansett Bay area that can be used to predict the amount of increased waterborne wastes resulting from new economic activity. Sea Grant activity has moved across geographical and political boundaries in projects like the development of a fish protein concentrate (FPC), which could improve diets in many areas of the world and use "trash" fish. Formal marine educational programs at the University continued to train students to fill a growing number of jobs in the fields of engineering, coastal zone management, marine economics, and commercial fisheries. And advisory programs last year helped get scientific information to growing numbers of user groups via publications, workshops, conferences, field specialists, an information center and the mass media.
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