WARWICK, RI (STL.News) Governor Dan McKee joined Mayor Frank Picozzi, Department of Environmental Management Director Janet Coit, and commercial quahoggers from the Rhode Island Shellfishermen’s Association to kick off the 5th Annual Rhode Island Quahog Week. Quahog Week, which runs May 17 to May 23, shines a light on Rhode Island’s favorite local clam, the hardworking men and women who harvest them, and the vibrant local food industry that makes them available to consumers. As part of the week, participating restaurants and markets will feature quahog-inspired menu items and deals.
As part of the kickoff at Warwick’s Town Dock in Apponaug Cove, Governor McKee and Mayor Picozzi signed Quahog Week proclamations. Participants “toasted” the occasion with a freshly harvested quahog on the half shell. Following a brief speaking program, Governor McKee and Mayor Picozzi joined commercial quahoggers, Jody King and Dave Ghigliotti, for a brief outing on the waters to observe and participate in a quahog transplant demonstration.
“Quahog Week is an opportunity for Rhode Islanders to celebrate the vitality of our local shellfish industry and the bounty of Narragansett Bay,” said Governor McKee. “Quahogging has a rich history in the Ocean State and supports the livelihoods of hundreds of Rhode Island fishermen and women year-round, along with local restaurants and food-based businesses.