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URI and RISG release new short film, America’s Ocean Economy: Challenges and Opportunities

September 18, 2012, WAKEFIELD – A new short film, America’s Ocean Economy: Challenges and Opportunities, is the first in a series that explores this effort with ocean management practitioners from around the world. The film provides an overview of economic issues related to ocean planning.

"We want these pieces to show people how important it is that we work together to figure out how we want to manage ocean resources for the long-term," said Grover Fugate, executive director of the R.I. Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC), Rhode Island’s coastal and ocean program administrator. "We are all dependent on the world’s oceans for food, income, transportation, and recreation, among other uses—and we need to make sure we can continue to turn to the water for these assets."

The film series is part of Rhode Island’s effort to establish a model ocean planning state program, and to help inform discussions about ocean planning in the Northeast region. CRMC, with URI and CRC/Sea Grant assistance and public input, developed the Rhode Island Ocean Special Area Management Plan (Ocean SAMP at seagrant.gso.uri.edu/oceansamp/).

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