University of Rhode Island Receives Federal Funding to Bolster Rhode Island Sea Grant Program
NEC member the University of Rhode Island (URI) was recently awarded $750,000 in federal funding to bolster training programs for aquaculture workers and develop an online training curriculum that can be deployed nationwide. The funding comes from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and will specifically support the Rhode Island Sea Grant program.
The entry-level training program for aquaculture farm workers aims to improve worker safety, promote critical skills, and strengthen employee recruitment and retention initiatives. The money will also support the Sea Grant program’s development of online worker training that can be used beyond Rhode Island to strengthen the aquaculture workforce and production in other states as well.
Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), who worked to include a provision in the 2018 Farm Bill to increase the availability of workable insurance options for shellfish farmers, stated, “Rhode Island seafood feeds the country, and Rhode Island Sea Grant helps train the country’s seafood workforce. These federal resources will help more people find good jobs at our state’s shellfish farms.”
The NEC applauds the University of Rhode Island on receiving this important federal funding and thanks them for their continued support of workforce training in Rhode Island’s robust aquaculture industry.