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Marker trail points the way to the future for fishing industry
By Chris Barnett / June 2, 2017 /   Loading Disqus...
The commercial fishing community of Galilee is celebrating a new walking trail that features 10 interpretive sign panels promoting the local seafood industry. The markers are scattered throughout the port near Salty Brine State Beach.

A collaboration between the port’s fishermen, local nonprofit Eating with the Ecosystem, the state Department of Environmental Management and the town of Narragansett’s Galilee Advisory Committee, the project was funded through our Centennial Community Grant program.

“The new signs will greet port visitors year after year and engage them in learning more about the fishing port around them. Through colorful images and explanatory text, they will bridge the gap between the tens of thousands of tourists who pass through the port each summer and the fishermen and seafood suppliers who work there year-round,” says Sarah Schumann, a local fisheries advocate who worked with the community to conceptualize the project.

This project comes at a pivotal time for commercial fishing, as many of its most successful captains are nearing retirement age and the industry focuses on its future.

“Fisheries are a very important part of Rhode Island’s economy and food system, but many people do not realize this. This project takes advantage of the proximity of our largest fishing port to a major tourist hub to educate non-fishermen about the value of this industry to our state,” says Rodman Sykes, skipper of the Virginia Marise, who sails out of Galilee.
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