- Associated Press - Sunday, June 28, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island fishermen are to receive up to $475,000 in federal funds to support research aimed at improving sustainability of local fisheries.

The Rhode Island-based Commercial Fisheries Research Foundation was awarded $399,870. The Rhode Island Natural History Survey, based in Kingston, was awarded $75,241 by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

The funds are from NOAA’s competitive Saltonstall-Kennedy Grant Program.

The CFRF will put the funds toward its On-Deck Data Program, which allows local lobstermen to use tablet computers and electronic calipers to collect and transmit real time data about their catch and share it with researchers studying the lobster and Jonah crab populations.

The Rhode Island Natural History Survey will use the funds to develop a climate change adaptation blueprint for Rhode Island commercial fisheries.

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