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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 to over 340 public access sites in Rhode Island will bring you to well-known destinations and hidden treasures in Rhode Island’s 21 coastal towns. Descriptions of each site include uses and amenities, and maps indicate each site’s location along the shore. Color photographs highlight features, and articles in the guide provide information about Rhode Island coastal habitats; fishing, surfing, boating, and birding opportunities; safety tips; urban shorelines; and more. 84 pages. 2004

Please note: A saltwater fishing license is now required. For more information, including exceptions, visit


Science for Ecosystem-based Management: Narragansett Bay in the 21st Century
This book addresses the broad problem of coastal nutrient pollution. In the United States, approximately two-thirds of the coastal rivers and bays are moderately to severely degraded from nutrient pollution. However, debates continue about how large a problem nutrient pollution is and what actions to take, and since effective management requires decisions at a local scale, an in-depth case study can provide valuable guidance.  To order from, click here.


A Guide to Rhode Island’s Natural Places
Elizabeth Gibbs et al.
This guide is a must for anyone wanting to discover Rhode Island, offering descriptions of over 160 sites, and accurate directions to each site. Includes information on interesting plants, animals, and habitats to be found in your travels. Includes detailed map.
P1372 | $15.00 plus $3 shipping and handling* For bulk order pricing and shipping charges for 3 or more copies, please contact Tracy Kennedy at (401) 874-6805.


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.

Guide to Sharks, Tunas & Billfishes of the U.S. Atlantic & Gulf of Mexico
A joint publication of Rhode Island Sea Grant & NOAA Fisheries
This publication is a concise, richly visual guide to 44 highly migratory species, offering at-a-glance physical descriptions, habitat and distribution information, and diagnostic and field photographs, including side-by-side comparisons of many similar species. Includes information about reducing the risk of shark attack. 124 pages. 2003.
P1659 | $25 each plus $3 each for U.S. shipping and handling. Please include $10 for overseas shipping. For bulk order pricing, please contact Tracy Kennedy at (401) 874-6805.