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Sakonnet River Aquaculture Site

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Please support shellfish aquaculture in Rhode Island— a safe and sustainable way to meet the growing demand for healthy food sources while providing environmental benefits for the coastal region.

Show your support by signing and sharing this petition with your friends. The petition is in support of the proposal for a small oyster lease in the Sakonnet river.

About the proposal:

The proposed oyster lease is a small plot in Sakonnet River, north of Glen Manor House. Oysters will be grown in floating bags and sold locally. This type of oyster farming not only grows beautiful oysters and provides a sustainable source of seafood, but is also beneficial to the environment. Each individual oyster can filter up to 50 gallons of water per day, producing large quantities of clean water in the coastal zone. Further, small oyster farms do not restrict recreational activities, such as kayaking, fishing, paddleboarding and swimming. Instead, oyster farms will help Rhode Island maintain its cultural heritage as a working waterfront—a heritage which is inextricably connected to the people of Rhode Island’s social and economic well-being. As outdoor enthusiasts, we recognize the need to balance the importance of outdoor recreational opportunities while maintaining the integrity of Rhode Island’s historic and future working waterfronts.

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