Every autumn, Coastweeks events celebrate building awareness and understanding of our coast. Rhode Island Sea Grant and the Coastal Resources Center (CRC) at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography and the R.I. Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC) invite you to take part!
We are currently organizing virtual and social-distance friendly events for 2020. More information will be available soon.
Aquatic invasive species are marine plants, algae, and animals that are not in their natural, native environment and come from all over the world via ballast water in shipping vessels and other introduction vectors. Many invasive species found in Rhode Island are from as far as Europe and Asia.
New species arrive every year in Narragansett Bay, with several having negative impacts on the local environment.
Participants gained hands-on experience helping state officials monitor and ID native and non-native marine species in Rhode Island waters.
Several marsh tours through the Narrow River and Quonochontaug Pond salt marsh, one of Rhode Island’s most prized coastal lagoons, showcased extensive marsh restoration and elevation enhancement efforts to help this vital habitat better withstand flooding from sea level rise and coastal storm surge.
There are five Marina Trash Skimmers in Southern New England, ranging from Newport, R.I., to Fall River and New Bedford, Mass. The Newport location was the first implemented trash skimmer on the East Coast in 2016. Since 2017, the Marina Trash Skimmers on Aquidneck Island have removed over 30,000 pounds of co-mingled debris, helping to improve water quality and overall environmental conditions at each location.
Tours showcased how these skimmers work, what kind of debris is commonly collected, and what participants can do to reduce waste entering our water systems.
This list highlights only a few past events and does not showcase all of our Coastweeks events.