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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.



Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) Case Studies

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.

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 Marine Spatial Planning Videos

  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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