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Ocean SAMP Update Activities

  • In 2010, the Rhode Island Ocean Special Area Management Plan (Ocean SAMP), comprehensive regulations outlining Rhode Island's process for ensuring the management and protection of its ocean resources and activities, was adopted. In 2015, the University of Rhode Island Coastal Resources Center, which facilitated plan development for the Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC), once again engaged partners and the public in an Ocean SAMP process -- this time, a required effort to update the original document with new scientific data and enhanced policies. The work is enabling Rhode Island and the Northeast region to make wise choices for long-term enhancement of shared ocean resources, including fisheries stocks, transportation channels, and the siting of offshore renewable energy facilities.

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


  • Practitioners Guide to Managing Ocean Resources Through Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning
  • Marine Spatial Planning Video Series released
  • Fisheries Mitigation Options Report
  • Ocean SAMP Future Research Priorities
  • Ocean SAMP Chapters
  • Ocean SAMP Doucment (*NOTE LARGE FILE)


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