Cage Fight

Cage Fight OYSTER FARMERS FACE OFF AGAINST OBJECTORS TO THEIR EXPANSION PLANS By Ellen Liberman | Photographs by Jesse Burke THERE IS PEACE ON THE POND. The winter sun spreads its milky light on the water and its warmth on the faces of Jennifer Scappatura and her...

Green Grab Cuisine

Green Grab Cuisine A CULINARY SOLUTION TO INVASIVE SPECIES By Todd McLeish | Photographs by Marianne Lee WHEN CATHERINE PUCKETT WORKED FOR THE BLOCK ISLAND SHELLFISH COMMISSION  in the early 2000s, part of the island’s shellfish management plan involved trapping and...

Following the Fish

Following the Fish Rhode Island Fishing Fleet Adapts to Species Shift   By Annie ShermanTitle Photograph by Meredith Haas Black sea bass, once more common in the mid-Atlantic than off the coast of New England, has surged northward over the last 10 years to flood...

Catching Quahog Crooks

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...

Skimming a Plastic Wave

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...