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Protect Segar Cove

A new three-acre oyster farm has been proposed for Segar Cove, Potter Pond, an expansion on the nearly 10 acres (according to DEM records) already in production.  Recreational uses including kayaking, fishing, clamming, sailing, swimming, water skiing, tubing, paddle boarding, etc. will be severely impacted by this expansion. Public access to any part of the lease site will be impossible, removing this water from the public domain!

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Public Access Threatened

Approval of proposed lease would effectively privatize this stretch of water, cutting off all public access to and use of 3+ acres, while creating dangerous conditions for all other users! (The image at left was taken at the exact lease area and shows one of the many ways the public has historically used this water. )

When the application was first submitted, the CRMC received many letters from members of the public opposing the project, more than 10 times the number received in support. Subsequently, The South Kingstown Conservation Commission voted to reject this proposal. The full Rhode Island Marine Fisheries Council considered the lease, and could not vote to endorse the project (a victory for opponents). The Waterfront Advisory Committee of the SK Town Council voted, unanimously, to OPPOSE this new farm. The Town Council agreed and sent the recommendation to the Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC), whose aquaculture sub-committee just voted unanimously AGAINST the proposal. This non binding recommendation will now be sent to the full CRMC council, who is expected to decide this matter sometime in April.

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Why Are Recreational Users So Concerned?

A current image of the existing farm may shed some light...

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Life on Segar Cove:

Or, What Could Be Lost if the Lease is Granted.

Most images show activity exactly on proposed lease site.

(Email us your pics and we'll try to post them.)

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