Coastal Tourism Resources
Sea Grant works with coastal communities across the country to promote the safe and sustainable use of ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resources. In 2017, Sea Grant completed intensive thought exercises to focus work on several key topics, including coastal tourism. Check out the fact sheet below, or read the resulting action plan for Sea Grant’s work in coastal tourism.
Mobile Apps & Websites
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 which allows users to 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. For more information: “How To Guide for Developing Blueways and Greenways in the State of South Carolina."
Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant developed the Chicago Water Walk website to help tourists explore the water front areas around Chicago. The website includes an online tour and mobile app download, and allows users to explore the city’s beautiful downtown lake and riverfronts. Along the way, users learn the importance of these resources to the region through fun facts, history, biology, and more.
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. The project is also on Facebook.
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.
This comprehensive guide, produced in partnership by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium and Clemson Extension, provides an overview of salt marsh and tidal creek ecosystems in the southeastern United States. The guide includes information on species identification and classification, ecosystem services and threats, cultural and historical highlights, and stewardship opportunities.
Louisiana Direct Seafood is a web-based resource to help coastal fishermen connect directly with consumers and build 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 fisheries for generations to come.
North Carolina Sea Grant's North Carolina Oyster Trail offers unique tourism experiences centered on the state’s tasty oysters. It features shellfish farm tours, seafood markets and restaurants, and education and arts organizations, in addition to oyster-focused festivals and events.
Florida Sea Grant helps consumers choose the best seafood. 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.
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.