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NARRAGANSETT â€“ The Narragansett Harbor Management Commission met on Tuesday evening for a preliminary determination hearing on the Coastal Resources Management Councilâ€™s request to create a three-acre rectangular aquaculture farm on the Western side of Ram Island in Point Judith Pond. The farm will house cage cultures which are mesh bags within cages, also known as rack and bag, beneath or at the surface of the water.
Concerns arose regarding the size and amount of space taken up by the cages and how close they would be to the shoreline. Some members were also concerned about how close the cages would sit to the surface of the water, fearing that boats may cruise over them and cause damage to either the boats or the cages.
Devin Campanale, applicant for the farm, explained that the amount of space in the pond being taken up by aquaculture farms is currently at 3.25 percent, but with the new proposed farm it will be at 3.73 percent. The farm areas may not exceed five percent of the total pond and CRMC will take applications for the open space until the five percent is reached.