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Ocean SAMP Update Activities

  • The Ocean SAMP catalyzed Rhode Island’s leadership as the only state with an offshore wind operation, with the Block Island Wind Farm now generating clean and renewable energy for Rhode Island. The Ocean SAMP both drew upon, and contributed to, the Offshore Renewable Energy efforts of the European Union, and inspired the creation of a URI marine spatial planning practitioners’ global network attracting ocean planners from as far away as China and New Zealand. With America’s only wind farm mere miles from the University, URI has brought a host of disciplines and world-class experts spanning science, engineering and outreach, to better understand the sustained impacts of ORE siting, construction and implementation. URI also offers its Energy Fellows Program (EFP), which has seen over 100 students complete rigorous program requirements, with 75 students securing an energy job within one year of graduation. The program provides a structure that enhances the student experience through requirements that include: a) experiential learning through real-world project work with an energy researcher, business or organization; b) intensive professional development trainings; c) regional networking opportunities; and d) public education and outreach on energy topics. EFP serves as the premier talent pipeline for energy companies and organizations interested in entry- to mid-level professionals in the region.

    For more details about URI’s Offshore Renewable Energy Portfolio CLICK HERE.

Update Activities include:

  • Revision of the Ocean SAMP
  • Recreation and Tourism Chapter
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Creation of a Summary Report

Ocean SAMP Update Sponsors

  • Northeast Regional Ocean Council (NROC)
  • The University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography (URI GSO)
  • URI Coastal Resources Center (URI CRC)
    Rhode Island Sea Grant  


"Characterization of Coastal and Marine Recreational Activity” report available

  • Rhode Island Ocean SAMP leadership -- including Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC) Executive Director Grover Fugate and URI Coastal Resources Center Director of U.S. Coastal Programs/Director of Extension Programs for Rhode Island Sea Grant Jennifer McCann -- helped author this report on New England region coastal and marine recreational activity