NORTH KINGSTOWN â€“ Rick Belavanceâ€™s love of the Bay, its bounty â€“ and the great sea beyond â€“ began when he was 10.
â€śI started out goofing around in Greenwich Bay,â€ť recalls Bellavance, who grew up in Warwick and lives in the North End of North Kingstown. â€śI walked down from Cowesett and dug shellfish in the area of Chepiwanoxet.â€ť He also ventured out onto the water, piloting his own small craft.
â€śI had a little skiff my dad gave me.â€ť
His father, Dick Belavance, is a former URI professor of oceanography and life sciences who shared his knowledge and enthusiasm with his son. He still does.
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