Catching Quahog Crooks

It’s a beautiful fall day on Narragansett Bay. After a week of humid, 80-degree days, temperatures have dropped to the mid-60s. Chill runs through the air, but no wind. Environmental police officers Kevin Snow and Charlie Jackman—members of the Rhode Island Department...

Skimming a Plastic Wave

Rhode Island environmentalist Jamie Rhodes eats plastic. Granted, he’s only eating little specks, enclosed in oysters. But still, says Rhodes, “I am eating plastic. If you are going to eat shellfish, you are going to get microplastics into your body.” Actually, we’re...

Spreading the Love About Seaweed

Like most farmers, Cindy West of Moonstone Oysters is ready for work before the sun is up. It’s early April, and she and her crew are dressed in plenty of layers against the chill. There’s chatter about last night’s Bruins game as they load equipment. Among the crew...

A Bite of the Ocean

It’s August, and we’re finally getting a day without stifling humidity. The flowers outside Chef Rizwan Ahmed’s home seem renewed by the recent rain. The decline in temperatures means the chef can entertain with the windows open, a gentle breeze tickling the lace...

Simmering the Sea

Singing the Praises of Under-loved Ocean Animals Imagine that you are in your favorite seafood restaurant, hungrily awaiting the first course of the evening meal. The server arrives carrying a tray: “Who had the chowder with limpets? And the razor clam and fava bean...