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Summer 2021

We continue to move forward with construction on our grounds. We  plan to be open fully on July 1st and look forward to welcoming visitors at that time. If you are on island before July 1st, but after June 15th and would like to engage on a program at BIMI, please contact us at as we may be able to offer a private program or tour for your group.

July 6, 2021 Tuesday Talks: Surveying Our Waters : How Our Fisheries Are Changing

Conor McManus, Chief, division of Marine Fisheries, RIDEM

Rhode Island is home to a wide variety of marine fish and invertebrate species, many of which support commercial and recreational harvest. Sound scientific data on these species and their habitats are needed to inform how their life history characteristics and populations have changed through time. Such data are used to inform stock assessments and ultimately the management of the marine species. The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management’s Division of Marine Fisheries serves as the lead agency in monitoring and managing Rhode Island’s marine fish and invertebrates. The Division uses a variety of survey methods to sample marine species at different life stages and across numerous habitats throughout Rhode Island state waters. Here, I present several of the surveys that we use to monitor marine species, how certain species have responded to various environmental change, and some of the work the Division conducts around Block Island both independently and collaboratively.


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Aquarium Tanks Open Limited Hours

BIMI is now closed for the season. We look forward to seeing everyone soon and plan to be open July 1, 2021. If you arrive between June 15th and July 1st, 2021 and would like to come see us, please contact us at or Follow us on Facebook at BlockIsland MaritimeInstitute for ongoing updates. we may be able to arrange a private visit or program for your group.

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The island as classroom:
The College Crusade comes to Block Island

The College Crusade visits Block Island. Standing, from left, Block Island Maritime Institute Program Director Valerie Preler, College Crusade Teachers Harry Moore and Omar Valerio. Seated, from left, are students Ricardo Vicente, Kaheim Horacius, Kaishawn Goncalves, teacher Genesis Castaneda, students Matheo Perez, Leo Chan and Alan de la Cruz. Photos by Lars Trodson.

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BIMI greatly appreciates your support. Consider making a donation today. Your donation directly supports our mission, “to provide and foster educational programs and maritime activities including marine science and maritime heritage for residents and visitors on Block Island.”