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Why A Commercial Fisherman Turned To Restorative Ocean Farming

Bren Smith. Photo by Ronald T. Gautreau Jr.

Bren Smith began his career as a commercial fisherman, but now is the owner of Thimble Island Oyster Farm, a 3D restorative ocean farm in Connecticut. He’s also the author of the new book, Eat Like a Fish: My Adventures as a Fisherman Turned Restorative Ocean Farmer.

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Collins, State Working To Level Playing Field for Maine, Canadian Lobstermen

Maine lobstermen hauling traps in an internationally disputed section of the Bay of Fundy, known as the “gray zone,” will be allowed some extra hours working at sea this year under a resolve recently enacted by the Maine Legislature. It’s the latest but likely not the last skirmish in a long-running conflict between Canada and the U.S. over fishing rules in the zone.

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“A Big Fugazi”: Why Fishermen Still Can’t Get Behind Offshore Wind

Dr. Kevin Stokebury, right, and his team on boat Liberty preparing for the last sea scallop survey before Vineyard Wind begins construction. Photo by Nadine Sebai for The Public's Radio
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Historic Plymouth Looks To A Future Without Pilgrim

The Plymouth Rock portico looks out across the Plymouth Bay to Rocky Point, the location of Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station. Photo by Robin Lubbock for WBUR

Beneath a towering granite pavilion, in the smallest state park in Massachusetts, is an unassuming gray boulder with outsized historic and economic importance: Plymouth Rock. The Rock draws a million visitors a year. Tourism is a powerful economic engine for Plymouth, employing 4,000 workers and generating $30 million annually in local taxes.

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This Vermont Town Took A Big Hit When Its Nuclear Plant Closed

Spent fuel at Vermont Yankee is stored in these casks. NorthStar, the company that wants to buy the closed plant, recently boosted its financial plan to pay for fuel storage. Photo courtesy of Vermont Yankee

At the end of May, the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth will permanently shut down. Forty-six years ago it began generating electricity, high-paying jobs and intense controversy over safety and environmental impact. Pilgrim went into service just one day after its sister plant: Vermont Yankee. Both reactors were the same make and model: a GE Mark I reactor. And since 2002, they have been operated by the same company: Entergy.

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Connecticut Residents Bet In Rhode Island As Local Lawmakers Look For Ways To Cash In

"We're like a deer in headlights -- we're staring at other states around us and yet we're afraid to do it because we're a conservative state," said East Hartford resident Mark Titan regarding movement on the legalization sports betting. Photo by Frankie Graziano for Connecticut Public Radio

Last year, the United States Supreme Court opened the door for states to make it legal to bet on sports. More recently, Connecticut lawmakers voted to send a bill that would legalize sports betting to the floor of the state legislature. But what could legalized sports betting look like here in the Land of Steady Habits? To answer that question, let’s take a look first at neighboring Rhode Island, which debuted sports betting in November.

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