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.
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AREA A COMBINED with CONIMICUT TRIANGLE going to 1.2″ rain for closure
AREA B NO LONGER CONDITIONAL AREA!!
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In honor of this weeklong celebration across the state, The Rhode Island Shellfisherman’s Association will be visiting the State House on March 21st from 3:30-6:00 to provide information about the cultural and economic value of local shellfisheries.
Newly elected legislators will be given the book “Rhode Island’s Shellfish Heritage: An Ecological History” by its author (and RI Shellfisherman’s Association member) Sarah Schumann. This book was published in 2015 by RI Sea Grant, The Coastal Institute, and The Coastal Resources Center.
For more information, visit
or RI Seafood
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:
OUR INTERNSHIP PROGRAM HAS OPENED UP. Consider making a harvesting day trip on a shellfishing boat to learn about the trade. The program will target students and young people interested in the commercial shellfish business. Please understand this is not like a trip on a Bay tour boat. Narragansett Bay shellfishing boats are usually 20-25 ft, long (as shown in our video) and sea conditions can be a bit rough. Also, many quahauggers steam out early in the morning. You should be ready to share the shellfish harvesting experience. If interested, please contact us at the website email address or the PO Box listed on this site.
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: