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NOAA's Restoration Center Collection
Catalog of Images

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New York, Arthur Kill Waterway, Richmond County October/December 1993
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New York, Arthur Kill Waterway, Richmond County October/December 1993
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New York, Arthur Kill Waterway, Richmond County October/December 1993
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New York, Arthur Kill Waterway, Richmond County October/December 1993
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New York, Arthur Kill Waterway, Richmond County October/December 1993
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New York, Arthur Kill Waterway, Richmond County October/December 1993
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A slide of a map showing sites of the quahog spawner sanctuaries. The quahog spawner sanctuaries were established to compensate for injuries to shellfish after oil spilled in Narragansett Bay when the World Prodigy ship grounded in 1989. Quahogs were taken from polluted areas of Narragansett Bay and allowed to depurate and then moved into clean areas where they were protected from harvest.
N/A Spring 1997
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A slide that outlines the purpose of the quahog sanctuaries and its partners.
N/A Spring 1997
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A schematic showing areas designated for the quahog spawner sanctuaries.
N/A Spring 1997
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Art Ganz of Rhode Island DEM checks for potential spawner sanctuary sites by dredging for quahogs, Mercenaria mercenaria in different parts of Narragansett Bay.
Narragansett Bay, RI Spring 1997
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Art Ganz of Rhode Island DEM.
Narragansett Bay, RI Spring 1997
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The first in the beginning of a series of photos that were taken while the DEM dredged and raked quahogs to determine suitable donor sites to take quahogs from to initiate the quahog spawner sanctuaries.
Narragansett Bay, RI Spring 1997
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Art Ganz of RI DEM "tongs" for quahogs during the process of locating appropriate donor sites for the quahog spawner sanctuaries. "Tonging" was the traditional method for harvesting quahogs from RI Bay waters. The newer generations of shellfishermen use "bullrakes".
Narragansett Bay, RI Spring 1997
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Art Ganz, RI DEM, empties a rake filled with quahogs to test for contaminants.
Narragansett Bay, RI Spring 1997
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Art Ganz, RI DEM, empties a rake filled with quahogs to test for contaminants.
Narragansett Bay, RI Spring 1997
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A quahog tong filled with quahogs, Mercenaria mercenaria.
Narragansett Bay, RI Spring 1997
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Art Ganz, RI DEM, picks quahogs from a traditional "tong" to test for contaminants.
Narragansett Bay, RI Spring 1997
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A bucket full of quahogs, Mercenaria mercenaria. Quahogs feed by filtering plankton from the water, pumping up to a gallon per hour or more, depending on temperature. This feeding activity helps to improve water quality and clarity in Narragansett Bay and is an important ecological link between the Bay's water column and its benthic, or bottom-dwelling community.
Narragansett Bay, RI Spring 1997
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A close up view of quahogs after being harvested. The shells are covered in mud but still display a beautiful rich hue.
Narragansett Bay, RI Spring 1997
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The staging area at Greenwich Bay, RI. Shellfishermen were hired by RI DEM to harvest quahogs from polluted areas to be transferred to clean areas where they could depurate, or cleanse themselves. The shellfish were protected from harvest and were later allowed to be harvested after they had spawned and contributed to wild stocks.
Narragansett Bay, RI Spring 1997
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A close-up of the Snug Harbor, one of the vessels that was used to transport quahogs from their original homes to the new spawner sanctuaries.
Narragansett Bay, RI Spring 1997
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Another view of the staging are and the Snug Harbor, Greenwich Bay, RI.
Narragansett Bay, RI Spring 1997
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A view of the facility at Greenwich Bay where the quahogs were transferred and weighed before being moved to the spawner sanctuaries in the outer portions of Sakonnet River and Narragansett Bay.
Narragansett Bay, RI Spring 1997
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Greenwich Bay, RI mid-spring.
Narragansett Bay, RI Spring 1997
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The sun sets over Narragansett Bay, RI mid-spring.
Narragansett Bay, RI Spring 1997
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The vessel used by RI DEM to inspect shellfish harvests.
Narragansett Bay, RI Spring 1997
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A local fisherman uses a bullrake to harvest quahogs from Greenwich Bay to be transferred to the spawner sanctuaries. The harvest took place in late spring before the quahogs had spawned.
Narragansett Bay, RI Spring 1997
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A shellfisherman harvests quahogs to be transplanted to the spawner sanctuaries.
Narragansett Bay, RI Spring 1997
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A bullraker harvests quahogs in the still morning waters for transplant to designated spawner sanctuaries.
Narragansett Bay, RI Spring 1997
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A shellfisherman and his pal rake quahogs for transplant to the spawner sanctuaries near Sakonnet River and outer Greenwich Bay, RI.
Narragansett Bay, RI Spring 1997
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A black lab walks over hundreds of pounds of quahogs that were dug up by local shellfishermen for transplant to quahog spawner sanctuaries off Sakonnet River and outer Greenwich Bay.
Narragansett Bay, RI Spring 1997
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A shellfisherman heads in to weigh the quahogs he harvested for transfer to the spawner sanctuaries. The red bags contain the quahogs, Mercenaria mercenaria.
Narragansett Bay, RI Spring 1997
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Another boat heads in with a full harvest of quahogs.
Narragansett Bay, RI Spring 1997
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A local shellfisherman unloads his harvest at the docks where the quahogs were weighed by local shellfish enforcement agencies before being transferred to the spawner sanctuaries. The shellfishermen were paid for the harvest by the RI DEM.
Narragansett Bay, RI Spring 1997
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Another shellfishermen unloads his catch at the dock where volunteers weigh the hard shell clams to determine payment for the fishermen and to determine total weight of the transfers to the spawner sanctuaries.
Narragansett Bay, RI Spring 1997
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A local shellfisherman unloads his catch at the dock.
Narragansett Bay, RI Spring 1997
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Another local shellfisherman, who relied on the "tonging" method of harvest unloads his catch.
Narragansett Bay, RI Spring 1997
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Volunteers who participated in the harvest and transfer day load full bags of quahogs into waiting vessels where the hard-shell clams will be transferred to the sanctuaries.
Narragansett Bay, RI Spring 1997
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Volunteers loading clams, Mercenaria mercenaria onto the large boats that will take them to the sanctuaries.
Narragansett Bay, RI Spring 1997
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One of the volunteer transfer vessels loaded with hard-shell clams waiting to be transferred to the quahog spawner sanctuaries.
Narragansett Bay, RI Spring 1997
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A smaller vessel unloads clams onto the mother vessel that will eventually transfer the clams to the spawner sanctuaries.
Narragansett Bay, RI Spring 1997
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Two volunteers empty clams from the mother vessel into the waters of the spawner sanctuaries outside Greenwich Bay and Sakonnet River, RI.
Narragansett Bay, RI Spring 1997
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A DEM worker unloads quahogs into the rough waters, in early spring, outside Greenwich Bay.
Narragansett Bay, RI Spring 1997
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The process of emptying quahogs into the rough waters of Narragansett Bay took hard work and a dedicated team of volunteers.
Narragansett Bay, RI Spring 1997
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Bags full of quahogs waiting to be emptied into the waters around the quahog spawner sanctuaries.
Narragansett Bay, RI Spring 1997
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A close-up of volunteers as they empty bags of quahogs into the spawner sanctuaries.
Narragansett Bay, RI Spring 1997
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A worker records data about the quahog harvest transferred from Greenwich Bay into the spawner sanctuaries.
Narragansett Bay, RI Spring 1997
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John Torgan of Save the Bay, RI volunteered Save the Bay vessels and manpower as a contribution to the restoration effort.
Narragansett Bay, RI Spring 1997
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A NOAA film crew documented the restoration work. The finished educational video won an award at the Houston World Fest Film Festival. The video outlined the restoration work and showcased the value of the Bay's marine resources.
Narragansett Bay, RI Spring 1997
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A local shellfisherman gives an interview in support of the restoration work.
Narragansett Bay, RI Spring 1997

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