Stakeholder perceptions of the benefits and limitations of shellfish aquaculture management in Rhode Island and Massachusetts

Laura Hansen, University of Rhode Island

Abstract

The shellfish aquaculture industry in the US has been steadily growing in recent years and demand is particularly high for oysters grown in New England. In 2010, the shellfish aquaculture industry on the US East Coast was worth $100 million, with over 1000 shellfish farms in operation. Because shellfish aquaculture can provide jobs, economic growth and environmental benefits, it is in the interest of coastal states to manage this industry effectively. ^ Shellfish aquaculture is growing quickly in both RI and MA, but the way in which the states manage the industry differs in the levels of state and local involvement. RI is managed with a state run system, while MA allows local municipalities to have authority over shellfish aquaculture in their towns. The purpose of this study is to examine stakeholder perceptions of different levels of state and local involvement in managing shellfish aquaculture and to understand stakeholder’s attitudes towards the different management systems in RI and MA. (Abstract shortened by ProQuest.)^

Subject Area

Environmental management

Recommended Citation

Laura Hansen, "Stakeholder perceptions of the benefits and limitations of shellfish aquaculture management in Rhode Island and Massachusetts" (2016). Dissertations and Master's Theses (Campus Access). Paper AAI10131392.
http://digitalcommons.uri.edu/dissertations/AAI10131392

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