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Rhode Island’s Shellfish Heritage: An Ecological History
This book delves into the history of Rhode Island’s iconic oysters, quahogs, and all the well-known and lesser-known species in between.
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Rhode Island Coastal Property Guide
What coastal property owners, renters, builders, and buyers should know about the Rhode Island shoreline.
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Tool for Ocean Spatial Planning

Ocean Special Area Management Plan Practitioner’s Guide
This guide describes Rhode Island’s experience in developing the Ocean Special Area Management Plan, examining the planning process and highlighting successful strategies for marine spatial planning.


Public Access to the Rhode Island Coast

This guide provides information to over 340 public access points along Rhode Island’s 21 coast.

For a digital version, please visit our web app “Discovering the Rhode Island Shore”


Science for Ecosystem-based Management: Narragansett Bay in the 21st Century
This book focuses on nutrient enrichment in Narragansett Bay and contains 19 chapters that review the geological and ecological landscape of the Bay, nutrient inputs, circulation dynamics, climate change, and an “eco-functional approach” for ecosystem-based management. The intent of this information is to provide a baseline of understanding the driving factors in ecosystem health of Narragansett Bay and how those might change with reduced nutrient input.

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A Guide to Rhode Island’s Natural Places
This guide offers descriptions of over 160 sites and accurate directions to each site. It includes information on interesting plants, animals, and habitats to be found in your travels.
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Guide to Sharks, Tunas & Billfishes of the U.S. Atlantic & Gulf of Mexico
This publication is a visual guide to 44 highly migratory species with descriptions on physical characteristics, habitat and distribution, diagnostic and field photographs, as well as side-by-side comparisons. Includes information about reducing the risk of shark attack.
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Aquidneck Island Resilience Strategy

Aquidneck Island communities of Newport, Middletown, and Portsmouth are taking action to adapt to floods caused by strong storms, periodic extreme tides, and daily high tides that are gradually increasing with sea level rise, which will be exacerbated with a changing climate. This summary highlights key findings, issues, and recommendations for resiliency. For more on the strategy, visit


Climate Change and Rhode Island’s Coasts
This document provides a synthesis of current climate trends and the consequences of climate change on human uses of Rhode Island’s coasts and marine resource.

Case studies from Rhode Island, San Francisco, and Washington state provide concrete examples of tools and techniques that MSP practitioners have developed to engage stakeholders, incorporate the best available science, and coordinate among agencies.

Marine Spatial Planning Videos

This infographic highlights the outcomes of Rhode Island Sea Grant’s investments toward sustainable fisheries and aquaculture efforts. The data was collected in 2016, courtesy of the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, The Nature Conservancy, and the Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council.

Building Capacity to Adapt to Climate Change Through Local Conservation Efforts
This document describes work done with the South Kingstown Land Trust on adaptation measures that prioritize and protect land trust-owned properties in the face of climate change effects.


Coincident patterns of waste water suspended solids reduction, water transparency increase and chlorophyll decline in Narragansett Bay
Marine Pollution Bulletin, Vol.107  |  June 2016
Directly measured denitrification reveals oyster aquaculture and restored oyster reefs remove nitrogen at comparable high rates
Frontiers in Marine Science, Vol.3, Article 74  |  May 2016
A re-assessment of Narragansett Bay benthic habitat quality between 1988 and 2008
Estuaries and Coasts  |  April 2016  
Changes to nitrate isotopic composition of wastewater treatment effluent and rivers after upgrades to tertiary treatment in the Narragansett Bay watershed, RI
Marine Pollution Bulletin, Vol.104  |  March 2016
Incorporation of soybean products in summer flounder (Paralichthys dentatus) feeds: effects on growth and survival to bacterial challenge
Aquaculture, Vol.452  |  February 2016
Dynamics of wind-driven estuarine-shelf exchange in the Narragansett Bay estuary
Continental Shelf Research, Vol.105  |  August 2015
Comparison of direct steam injection and steam-jacketed heating in squid protein hydrolysis for energy consumption and hydrolysis performance
LWT-Food Science and Technology Journal, Vol.57  |  June 2014
Legal impediments to the future of shellfish relay in Rhode Island
Sea Grant Law & Policy Journal Vol.6.2  |  April 2014  
(Nearly) a decade of directly measured sediment N2 fluxes:What can Narragansett Bay tell us about the global ocean nitrogen budget?
Oceanography Vol.27  |  March 2014
An anomalous near-bottom cross-shelf intrusion of slope water on the southern New England continental shelf
Journal of Geophysical Research:Oceans, Vol.119  |  March 2014
Recurrent vernal presence of the toxic Alexandrium tamarense/Alexandrium fundyense (dinoflagellata) species complex in Narragansett Bay, USA
Harmful Algae, Vol.32  |  February 2014
Environmental controls of anammox and denitrification in southern New England Estuarine and shelf sediments
Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography |  2014

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