Thursday, August 17, 2017

Sustainable Coastal Tourism

Resources for coastal tourists

Sea Grant works with communities in coastal areas to promote safe and sustainable coastal tourism. As you enjoy ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes areas, use these Sea Grant resources to guide, educate, and increase safety.  In addition to the mobile apps and videos listed on this page, you can also download an overview of Sea Grant's work to encourage sustainable coastal tourism. 

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Mobile Apps and Websites

Blueways-Greenways in the Charleston, S.C. Region

South Carolina Sea Grant worked with multiple partners to develop an interactive web-mapping app of blueways and greenways in Berkeley, Charleston, and Dorchester counties. Explore features in the area such as land and water trails, water access points, green spaces and historic sites. You can also check the current weather, wind conditions, and stream gauges. Plan your trip today and enjoy the recreational opportunities and history of the Lowcountry! Interested in learning more? Check out the “How To Guide for Developing Blueways and Greenways in the State of South Carolina."

Chicago Water Walk 

Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant developed the Chicago Water Walk website, which includes an online tour and mobile app download, to help tourists explore the water front areas around Chicao.  Take a tour of the city’s beautiful downtown lake and river fronts. Along the way, you will learn just how important these resources are to the region – through fun facts, history, biology, and more.

 Dolphin and Whale 911

Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant and NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service partnered to develop Dolphin and Whale 911. The mobile app allows boaters and others to identify marine mammals and provides a feature to report injured or stranded marine mammals. In addition, the app promotes responsible wildlife viewing from a safe distance.

Downeast Fisheries Trail in coastal Maine

Maine Sea Grant coordinates the Downeast Fisheries Trail, which celebrates the fishing heritage of Downeast, Maine. The coastal trail is accessible by road, and each stop highlights a story related to fisheries heritage and history in the region.  Plan your trip along the Downeast Fisheries Trail. 

The project is also on Facebook

Great Lakes Angler Diary

Michigan Sea Grant developed a mobile app that allows anglers to track their catch and share valuable information with fisheries biologists. Access the site and download the app here.


Hawaii: Discover the Fish of Hanauma Bay (Oahu)

Explore Hanauma Bay with University of Hawaii Sea Grant College Program’s digital fish guide! The Hanauma Fish app provides users access to full color images, names (English, Hawaiian, and scientific), and descriptions of the fishes most commonly viewed by snorkelers and swimmers at Hanauma Bay. Authored by Dr. John E. Randall, world renowned ichthyologist, this app is based on Hawaii Sea Grant’s waterproof fish book “Snorkeler’s Guide to the Fishes of Hanauma Bay.” Hanuama Fish identifies 114 species of reef and shore fishes that are likely to be encountered in the waters of Hanauma Bay. They are organized by fish family in a user-friendly format with accompanying facts. All available right at your fingertips!

Louisiana Direct Seafood

Louisiana Direct Seafood is a web-based resource to help coastal fishermen connect directly with consumers and builds community support for a fresh, local, product ‘straight from the boat’. The site is a partnership effort between Louisiana Sea Grant and LSU Ag Center.  In addition to connecting fishermen and consumers, this initiative is also focused on quality business practices, working with fishermen to deliver a superior, sustainable product that meets rigorous standards and preserves our fisheries for generations to come.

Rip Current Watch

Rip Current Watch

Wisconsin Sea Grant and partners maintain the Rip Current Watch site to provide real-time data and forecasts for rip currents at Port Washington, Wisconsin. The information is also available via a mobile app for Android devices.

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Seafood at Your Fingertips

Florida Sea Grant helps you choose the best seafood. Floridians eat nearly twice as much seafood as consumers in the rest of the nation. Market choices are more plentiful than ever, but so are questions. What’s imported and what’s local? Is my choice nutritious and safe to eat? How do I fix the fish I purchased at the grocery?

The app is available for iPhone and Android.

Whale Alert 

California Sea Grant State Fellows based at the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary worked with partners to develop a whale sighting app to reduce ship strikes. Launched in 2013 and called Spotter, the app was merged with Whale Alert

Follow the project blog


Louisiana Sea Grant and partners developed WAVE to assist boaters with charts, emergency preparedness, current conditions, and more. The purpose of the app is to improve emergency preparedness for commercial fishermen and other users of the waterway.

Wisconsin Fish ID

Wisconsin Sea Grant developed a fish identification tool for species found in Wisconsin waters. Serach by name or appearance. Content includes images and descriptions. The mobile app available for both iPhone and Android. 

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Shoreline Rhode Island

Shoreline Rhode Island provides over 300 public access points on the coast and bays of Rhode Island. The site allows users to search by activity and location. Rhode Island Sea Grant developed Shoreline Rhode Island as an update to a 2004 publication, Public Access to the Rhode Island Coast, which was published by Rhode Island Sea Grant and the URI Coastal Resources Center.


Boat Safety Survival Kit

Beach Safety Research

Beach Safety Playlist

Increasing Safety at Sea Caves

Boat Safety: Beacons and Flares

Cigarette Butt Disposal

Tips for Avoiding Ghost Nets

Catch and Release Fishing

Wisconsin Coastal Guide

Bait Disposal

Buying Fish Directly from Commercial Fishermen

Coastal Economies and Businesses Playlist

Oregon Working Waterfronts Tour

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