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Press Statement re: Port of Galilee Fire

"DEM's Port Manager and Division of Law Enforcement are working closely with the US Coast Guard, State Fire Marshal's Office and the Narragansett Police Department, who are actively investigating the cause of the fire. We are glad no one was injured, and will provide any support needed to come to a quick resolution. DEM's Emergency Response team is also overseeing any necessary clean-up.

"The Port of Galilee, which is owned and managed by the Rhode Island DEM, is Rhode Island's largest commercial fishing port. The Port supports thousands of commercial fishing related jobs and the 230 vessels permanently berthed in Galilee account for an average of $47 million in landings each year. Squid, Summer Flounder, Scallops and Lobster are among the top landings in value. The shoreside businesses include dealers, processors, net-makers, retail markets, vessel repair services, and ice making facilities."

Janet Coit, Director RI Department of Environmental Management

For additional follow up, please contact Kurt Blanchard, Acting Chief of DEM's Division of Law Enforcement, at 639-2262.

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  • Release date: 07-10-2015

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