LIVE: Rhode Island Sea Grant Director Says Program is Still In Jeopardy

Friday, June 23, 2017


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Dennis Nixon

Rhode Island Sea Grant director Dennis Nixon says the program receives $2 million annually in federal funding and while they survived initial proposed budget cuts, President Donald Trump would like to close them down on October 1.

Nixon says RI Sea Grant has been in the background in a supportive role on numerous projects like studying the unprecedented harmful algal blooms that closed shell fishing beds for the first time in Rhode Island.

Nixon says they are trying to come forward and educate others about the work Sea Grant does and why the program is one of the keys to a clean environment and healthy Narragansett Bay. The Sea Grant program  has played a critical role in the creation and growth of the state's aquaculture industry. 


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