Reed, Whitehouse visit RWU after university receives $1.6M grant for aquaculture

BRISTOL, R.I. (WLNE) — Sens. Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse worked and advocated to secure a $1.6 million grant for the Roger Williams University oyster growing operation that they highlighted Monday.

The senators took a dry tour of the university’s lab and oyster hatchery, then put on some waders to take a wet tour of their aquaculture farm in Mount Hope Bay.  

“This is a real resource for the state and this is an investment, it’s not just some money, it is an investment in our productivity and in our people,” Reed said.   

The senators hope with this investment, it’ll support shellfish aquaculture farmers who come to Roger Williams with their research, legal services and resources.  

This federal funding will also help the university raise four million oyster seeds to help bring to the aquaculture industry. 

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