The Commercial Fisheries Center of Rhode Island proudly represents:
Ocean State Fisherman’s Association | RI Commercial Fisherman’s Association | RI Lobstermen’s Association | RI Shellfishermen's Association | RI Monkfishermen's Association | Point Judith Fishermen Memorial Foundation | RI Party & Charter Boat Association | Eastern New England Scallop Association | Pt. Judith Scholarship Foundation
Sharpen your knives and your cooking skills with “Cook a Fish, Give a Fish!” - a new program designed to connect Rhode Islanders with the fish caught in their backyard, the local fishing community, and each other! Sign up for a virtual seafood class, where a talented local chef will show you how to prepare and cook a fish that was caught not too far from your home! Profits go toward seafood donations for families who need food assistance during the pandemic.
September 1st: The chef for the September 1st Cook a Fish, Give a Fish class will be Andrew McQuesten! Andrew is the executive chef at North in Providence. He is a graduate of Johnson and Wales University and has worked with Eating with the Ecosystem many times. Andrew loves local seafood and is always coming up with creative ways to highlight it in delicious dishes. For this class, Andrew will teach guests how to prepare Skate! Skate is popular in Europe but hasn’t caught on in popularity here in the US despite it being absolutely delicious! Its flavor is sweet and is often compared to scallops while its texture is uniquely its own.
September 29th: The chef for this online seafood cooking class will be Branden Read! Branden is the executive chef at Celestial Café in Exeter. Branden has worked with Eating with the Ecosystem in the past and is known for his love of fresh, local, and seasonal ingredients. For this class, Branden will teach guests how to prepare Monkfish! Monkfish while not the most beautiful looking fish is absolutely delicious! Monkfish is sometimes called poor man’s lobster because of its sweet mild flavor, and lobster tail like meaty texture! ***Early Bird pricing will be available for this session until September 16th, so get your tickets now!!
Fish Forward is a new program established to help Rhode Island's seafood community recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and to thrive going forward. This program provides free business support to any member of the Rhode Island seafood industry including fishermen, restaurants, seafood dealers, and markets. All services being offered are free and confidential and are informed by the needs of the sector. They include monthly webinars; a free legal clinic; a blog about the latest goings-on; and one-on-one counseling that can cover a range of needs, like identifying and connecting with new markets, building a web presence, accounting advice, and licensing, permitting, insurance assistance, and a host of other things. Click here to learn more and find out how to register for free business support.
CFCRI Letter to BOEM: Vineyard Wind SEIS
BOEM public comment period for the Vineyard Wind SEIS is open until July 27th, 2020. The SEIS is now available at the following link: https://www.boem.gov/sites/default/files/documents/renewable-energy/Vineyard-Wind-1-Supplement-to-EIS.pdf. Comments can be submitted in any of the following ways:
- The Commercial Fisheries Center of Rhode Island has written this letter. If you would like to sign onto this letter fill out this form and your information will be added to the final letter and submitted to BOEM
- In written form by mail, enclosed in an envelope labeled ‘‘Vineyard Wind COP Supplement to the Draft EIS’’ and addressed to Program Manager, Office of Renewable Energy, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, 45600 Woodland Road, Sterling, Virginia 20166. Comments must be received or postmarked no later than July 27, 2020
- Through the regulations.gov web portal: Navigate to http://www.regulations.gov and search for Docket No. BOEM–2020–0005. Click on the ‘‘Comment Now!’’ button to the right of the document link. Enter your information and comment, then click ‘‘Submit.’’
- The Responsible Offshore Development Alliance has also written a letter to BOEM and created a petition. Learn more and sign on here