BlMl Expands 2016 Summer Staff

BIMI’s 2016 Summer Program, which provides daily educational and recreational programs at the Maritime Center during JuIy and August, will be staffed by three well-qualified individuals. Two, Valerie Preler and Mary-Kate Kane, come to BIMI via a collaboration with the Coastal and Marine Graduate Program at URI. The third, Margaret Doyle Schluter, comes viaAlbuquerque, New Mexico and a family tie to Block Island.

Valerie will be BIMI’s Head Intern with Mary-Kate and Margaret filling Interns roles. Valerie holds a BA in sociolog5z and is a masters degree candidate at URI. She is interested in coastal environments and the impact of human activity on marine venues.

Mary-Kate is also pursuing a master degree at URI and has a BA in environmental studies from Salve Regina in Newport. Mary-Kate studied environmental ethics at UC Cork, Ireland, and has apprenticed at Blazing Star Farm on Block Island and at a Heifer Project Farm in Rutland, Mass.

Margaret has a BS in Biology from San Diego State University and has worked as a research scientist on ecological projects at the University of New Mexico.

BIMI welcomes the 2016 Summer Staff and invites Block Island visitors and residents to learn about BIMI’s Summer Programs and schedule at BIMI’s website, Programs include: the Creature Feature and the touch tanks; harbor tours (call 401-284-8338 for reservations); geocaching and coastal scavenger hunts; story and art time; aqua art; Block Island seaweeds aka Garden of the Sea; how to be a fleld marine biologist;plankton tows to uncover the hidden marine world; knots, splices and bends (make your own sailor’s bracelet);flsh frenzy to learn about fish anatomy including dissecting a squid; DNA in the Great Salt Pond;how to be a gatherer of fish,lobsters, clams and oysters; and more.

Oysterfest 2015

Oysterfest 2015

The first annual Oysterfest, during the last weekend in August was a huge success. Four thousand oysters were shucked and eaten by over 400 people on a perfect afternoon. Over twenty people showed up to compete in the Oyster shucking contest. It was won by Block Island born and raised Perry Phillips of Block Island Oyster Company. We turned over the BIMI oyster lease to he and Dave Deffley and they are doing a great job!

Taste of Block Island at BIMI

The Block Island Maritime Institute and Block Island Oyster Company hosted an event for the Taste of Block Island  at BIMI on the last weekend of September. It almost felt like a summer day on the island. Dave Deffley and Perry Phillips gave a short talk about oyster farming and the BI Oyster Company, all while shucking oysters in front of a very attentive crowd.

Taste of BI, Dave & Perry1

Once they had a few plates ready, the group gathered around to slurp down raw oysters with lemon or cocktail sauce. They were delicious! Thanks to all for coming out and making the event such a great success!

Tase of BI, Slurping Oysters

Future plans are to collaborate with Pond and Beyond Kayak Tours or BI Ocean Adventures to take a kayak or paddleboard trip to the oyster lease area on the Great Salt Pond, followed by oyster tasting at BIMI.

Taste of BI, Dave & Perry2