2021 Bowens Wharf Seafood Festival will be October 16, 17, at Bowens Wharf Newport. RI. The RI Shellfisherman’s Association with be selling native littlenecks and oysters on the half shell. We hope to see you there.
NOTICE: All RI licensed commercial shellfish harvesters are now required to take a Shellfish Harvester Education Course. Go to the link we are providing for full details.
Water Quality Gains-
AREA A COMBINED with CONIMICUT TRIANGLE going to 1.2″ rain for closure
AREA B NO LONGER CONDITIONAL AREA!!
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RI DEM Algae closure webpage:
RI DEM closure information phone line (401-222-2900) is an additional source for closure information.
Commercial fisherman David Ghigliotti has made a career out of shellfishing. “This is the best office in the world!” Ghigliotti, Vice President of the Rhode Island Shellfisherman’s Association, owned a boat before he had a car.
Important note: If you were born on or after January 1, 1986 you must pass a boating safety course to operate most vessels in Rhode Island. See online links for more information.
RI DEM explanation of the requirement:
Link to the boating course:
Unfortunately, our internship program has run out of funding and will have to shut down. Our instructional/educational video “How To Quahaug” can still be viewed at our YouTube site. Please click on the YouTube logo below. If you have questions concerning shellfishing (and getting involved in commercial shellfishing) send us an email at the above email address.
Important note for future young shellfishers: If you were born on or after January 1, 1986 you must pass a boating safety course to operate most vessels in Rhode Island. See online links for more information.
RI DEM requirement: http://www.dem.ri.gov/programs/bnatres/enforce/boatreqt.htm
The boating course: https://www.boat-ed.com/rhodeisland/
In collaboration with the Rhode Island Shell Fisherman’s Association, our kitchens are featuring Top Neck Clams all summer long to promote this under-utilized, abundant and sustainable local bivalve. Available at Hemenway’s, The Mooring and TRIO
Rhode Island Shell Fisherman’s Association & the Newport Restaurant Group
This is a great opportunity for Rhode Island fisherman, the local economy, community, and of course the diners who get to enjoy another great sustainable food product from our Bay that would otherwise be under-utilized and perhaps undiscovered.
– Mike McGiveney, President of RISA
Here is the link to the web page: