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!


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), who is currently holding PUBLIC (Zoom) MEETINGS to decide the issue. The final meeting is scheduled for Monday, March 8, from 10:00am - 1:00 pm. 

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Why Are Recreational Users So Concerned?

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


(Image below by Robert Chase. (Thanks!) Can be downloaded for printing from menu-button at top of site homepage.)

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