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    Aquaculture Industry in Rhode Island Rebounding After Struggling During Pandemic

    WAKEFIELD, R.I. – Rhode Island aquaculture farms have officially recovered from their pandemic-era lows and are selling more oysters than ever before, according to a new report. The combined value of aquaculture products for consumption and seed sales in 2021 was $7,542,583, according to a new report from the Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC). That number represents a dramatic turnaround from the height of the pandemic, when the state’s aquaculture farms sold $4,289,189 worth of product, a 32% drop from the previous year. Aquaculturists faced crashing demand as restaurants closed nationwide during the COVID-19 pandemic shutdowns, and farmers were forced to find new customers by pivoting to retail and online…

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