RI Working to Promote Fish Caught Locally

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – Rhode Island fishermen are teaming with state officials to work on ways to ensure that more fish caught in the state is actually purchased and eaten there.

State Sen. V. Susan Sosnowski is drafting legislation to create a Rhode Island Seafood Marketing Collaborative.

The South Kingstown Democrat said the collaborative would be made up of state health, environmental and academic officials who would work with local fishermen. They'd ferret out regulatory hurdles and seek ways to increase consumer demand for local seafood.

Ken Ayar of the state Department of Environmental Management pointed to the success of similar efforts, including groups that have promoted Rhode Island milk, meat and farm products.

Richard Fuka of the Rhode Island Fishermen's Alliance said he's 100 percent behind anything that can promote Rhode Island products.

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