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Back in 2009 Academy Award winning film maker Ross Kaufman documented the last words from the Rhode Island quahog industry. Rhode Island once boasted the largest outboard powered fishing fleet in the world-The Rhode Island Quahogger, with  2-3000 participants during the 1980’s. The Rhode Island Quahogger has been reduced to some 50-150 participants in 2014-it’s ‘last man standing’ for the Rhode Island Quahogger.

Rhode Island commercial fishing and quahog legend (turned successful  business owner) Dave Parker sums up what happened to the 2-3000 men and women working the Bay in the most undeniable fashion-“they don’t want you doing it.”  The ‘they’ that Dave is speaking of is mainly the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the University of Rhode Island.  Greg Murphy tells of the suffering of the remaining Rhode Island Quahoggers, and his comments go back to 2009. It’s a much worse situation now in 2014 for the Rhode Island Quahogger.

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