Date of Award

4-28-1981

Degree Type

Major Paper

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Marine Affairs

Abstract

It is the hypothesis of this paper that today the livelihood of the independent Narragansett Bay quahogger is faced with two potentially dangerous threats; water pollution in upper Narragansett Bay and the prospect of an expanding aquaculture industry in the lower bay. Unless the state of Rhode Island properly interprets and enforces existing state legislation to protect the quahoggers interests, his very livelihood will be jeoprodized. This paper will examine the legal, political, economic, and environmental affects of water pollution in upper Narragansett Bay and an expanding aquaculture industry in the lower bay in their relation to the Rhode Island quahog fishery. Based on these findings a recommendation will be made as to the best course of action for the state of Rhode Island to pursue on these controversial issues.