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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.

Discovering the Rhode Island Shore

This free web app provides information to over 340 public access points along Rhode Island’s coast.


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.


Assessing the impact of extreme storms on barrier beaches along the Atlantic coastline: Application to the southern Rhode Island coast
Coastal Engineering | December 2017

Nuisance flooding and relative sea-level rise: The importance of present-day land motion
Nature, Scientific Reports | September 2017

Assessment of Damage and Adaptation Strategies for Structures and Infrastructure from Storm Surge and Sea Level Rise for a Coastal Community in Rhode Island, United States
Journal of Marine Science and Engineering | October 2016

Coastal water column ammonium and nitrite oxidation are decoupled in summer
Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, Vol. 178 | September 2016

Coincident patterns of wastewater 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