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Scientific Publications

Rhode Island Sea Grant has funded scientific research relevant to Narragansett Bay and Rhode Island Sound in service of residents who conserve, enjoy, and make their livelihoods on coastal and marine resources.

The funded projects advance scientific knowledge through the publication of peer-reviewed journal articles. 

Publications prior to 2016 can be accessed through the National Sea Grant Library.

National Sea Grant Library

The NSGL is the digital library and official archive for NOAA’s Sea Grant documents from over 30 programs and projects across the United States and Territories.  

This collection includes a wide variety of subjects including oceanography, marine education, aquaculture, fisheries, aquatic nuisance species, coastal hazards, seafood safety, limnology, coastal zone management, marine recreation, and law. 

41˚N: Rhode Island's Ocean and Coastal Magazine

Our biennual publication in partnership with the Coastal Institute at the University of Rhode Island explores ocean and coastal issues impacting the Ocean State.

Read online or contact us to sign up for your free subscription today!

Books & Guides

Discovering the Rhode Island Shore

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

Rhode Island Coastal Property Guide

What coastal property owners, renters, builders, and buyers should know about the Rhode Island shoreline.
Web | PDF

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.
Web | PDF

Rhode Island's Shellfish Heritage: An Ecological History

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.
This book may be picked up free from the Rhode Island Sea Grant office, or ordered for $7 shipping and handling (see order form below). To arrange pick up, contact Tracy Kennedy at  

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.
P1372 | $15.00 plus $3 shipping and handling* For bulk order pricing and shipping charges for 3 or more copies, please contact us at (401) 874-6805.

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 a shark attack.
Listed up to $800 on Amazon. Purchase from us for only $25 each plus $3 each for U.S. shipping and handling. Please include $10 for overseas shipping. 

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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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