Welcome to Coastweeks 2018!
The annual celebration of Rhode Island’s coast


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!

SEPTEMBER 2018                                                                             

Wednesday, September 19, 6:30 p.m.
North Kingstown Free Library

Destruction in Jamestown following the Hurricane of ’38. Photo courtesy the R.I. Secretary of State.

In observance of the 80th anniversary of the Hurricane of ’38, local filmmaker Carla Ricci will show her Emmy nominated “One Day … A Story of Storm.” Following the 20-minute film, Teresa Crean, extension specialist with CRC and Rhode Island Sea Grant, will speak on how Rhode Island is prepared for another major storm and the destruction it can bring. A question and answer period will follow.

Sponsored by the North Kingstown Free Library. Please preregister by emailing Rhode Island Sea Grant at

Friday, September 21, 9:30 a.m – 11:30 a.m.
Island Park, Portsmouth

Pam Rubinoff and Janet Freedman talk about coastal resilience at a 2017 Coastweeks event.

Join Janet Freedman, CRMC coastal geologist, and Pam Rubinoff, coastal resilience extension specialist for CRC and Rhode Island Sea Grant, for a walking tour of the Island Park, Portsmouth, shoreline, on the anniversary of the Hurricane of ’38. We will look at how the area has changed since 1938, what threats it faces today from natural hazards, and what the town is doing to be more resilient. On-street parking is available on Park Avenue between Mason and Riverside avenues, and we will meet on the beach side across from Flo’s Drive-in.*

Sponsored by CRMC, CRC, and Rhode Island Sea Grant. Pre-registration required. Please contact Rhode Island Sea Grant at (401) 874-6805 or

Friday, September 28, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Point Judith Marina, Wakefield

Coastweeks participants learn how to identify aquatic invasive species.

Come help Rhode Island monitoring efforts for aquatic invasive species by collecting specimens at the docks with Kevin Cute, R.I. Coastal Resources Management Council marine resources specialist.

New species arrive every year in Narragansett Bay, with several having negative impacts on the local environment.

“The problem is that invasive species take over critical habitat for native species,” says Cute. “The issue is habitat and the competition for food and space.”

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.

Participants will get a hands-on educational experience and will walk away with a better understanding of native and non-native marine species in Rhode Island and their impacts on the local environment.

Please prepare to get your hands wet and dirty!

Sponsored by CRMC. Pre-registration required. Please contact Rhode Island Sea Grant at (401) 874-6805 or

October 2018

Friday, October 12, 5 p.m.–6 p.m.
Perrotti Park, 39 America’s Cup Ave., Newport

Join Clean Ocean Access to learn about how the city of Newport is trying to clean up marine debris.

The four Marina Trash Skimmers in Newport, the first on the East Coast, have removed a combined 30,000 pounds of debris over the past two years from harbors and marinas on Aquidneck Island, helping to improve water quality and overall environmental conditions.

Marina Trash Skimmers can filter 300 gallons of water per minute and look like submerged dumpsters attached to a floating dock. A three-quarter horsepower water circulation unit on the bottom forces water out of the skimmer, creating a current on the surface that collects trash, soaks up oil, and traps floating debris.

The tour will showcase how these skimmers work, what kind of debris is commonly collected, and provide tips on what participants can do to reduce waste entering our water systems.

Sponsored by Clean Ocean Access. Pre-registration required. Please contact Rhode Island Sea Grant at (401) 874-6805 or