Focus Areas: Sustainable Coastal Development
Coastal Economies, Marinas, Tourism & Other Coastal Businesses: Publications

Here is a sampling of publications related to this NYSG Focus Area, Sustainable Coastal Development (Coastal Economies, Marinas, Tourism & Other Coastal Businesses):

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Agritourism in New York: Management and Operations. Kuehn, D., and D. Hilchey. 2001. 8 pp. In 1999 and 2000, a statewide study of agritourism business owners and their customers was conducted in New York by NY Sea Grant and the Cornell University Farming Alternatives Program. The management-related results from this study are presented in this fact sheet. A second fact sheet containing the marketing results of this study will be completed by summer, 2001. (pdf)

Assessing the economic importance of recreational fishing for communities along Lake Ontario. Connelly, N., and T.L. Brown. 2010. Tourism in Marine Environments 6(2-3): 63-71.

B&Bs and inns: Results of the 2002 New York State survey. Kuehn, D., T. Cullenen, L. Marr, and D. Ververs. 2004. 8 pp. This fact sheet presents the results of the 2002 New York State B&B and inn owner survey. Information about industry trends, marketing, promotion, and business management are included. (pdf)

Brown Tide, Bay Scallops and the Location of Spawner Sanctuaries in the Peconic Bays, New York. Conrad, J.M., and K.C. Heisey. 2000. Department of Agriculture Economics, Cornell University. 18pp.

Building Sustainable Communities Using Sense of Place Indicators in Three Hudson River Valley, NY, Tourism Destinations: An Application of the Limits of Acceptable Change Process. Pages 173-179 in C. Watts, editor. Sullivan, L.E., R.M. Schuster, D.M. Kuehn, C.S. Doble, and D. Morais. 2010. Proceedings of the 2009 Northeastern Recreation Research Symposium; 2009 March 29-31; Bolton Landing, NY. GTR-NRS-P-66. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station.

Deer Creek Marsh Wildlife Management Area Brochure. March 2011 (pdf)

The Development and Use of Predictive Models in Great Lakes Decision-Making: An Interdisciplinary Synthesis. Manno, J., R. Smardon, J. DePinto, E.T. Cloyd, S. Del Granado. 2008. 112 pp. (pdf)

Differences in SCUBA diver motivations based on level of development. Todd, S.L., A.R. Graefe, and W. Mann. 2002. Pages 107-114 in S.L. Todd, Comp., Ed. Proceedings of the 2001 Northeastern Recreation Research Symposium. Gen. Tech. Rep. NE-. Newton Square, PA. US Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northeastern Research Station. (pdf)

Eastern Lake Ontario Dunes and Salmon River Map (includes Fishing Access Points). New York Sea Grant Extension Program, Oswego, NY. (pdf)

Eastern Lake Ontario Dunes and Wetlands Fact Sheet Series. M. Penney. 2010. This series of eight fact sheets produced by New York Sea Grant focuses on the various components of the Eastern Lake Ontario Dunes and Wetlands Area. (click here)

Eastern Lake Ontario Interpretive Panels (click here)

The Economic Contribution of the Sport Fishing, Commercial Fishing, and Seafood Industries to New York State. Wallace, B. 2001. TechLaw Inc., Bethesda. 110pp. (pdf) Also, Executive Summary. 8pp. (pdf)

Economic Impacts of Scuba Diving on NY's Great Lakes. Graefe, A.R., Todd, S.L. 2001. 11 pp. (pdf)

Environmental beliefs, ascriptions of responsibility and management preferences for underwater cultural resources: differences among segements of SCUBA divers. Todd, S.L., and A.R. Graefe. 2003. I. Camarda, editor. Global Challenges of Parks and Protected Area Management Symposium.

Hudson River Marina Dredging A guide for marina operators. Holochuck, N.  2005. New York Sea Grant Extension Program, Kingston, NY. 23pp. (pdf)

The Great Lakes Charter Fishing Industry in 2002. Lichtkoppler, F., C. Pistis, and D. Kuehn. 2004. 6 pp. This fact sheet discusses the Great Lakes-wide charter captain survey completed by the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network. (pdf)

I FISH NY. New York Sea Grant. 2006. New York Sea Grant Fact Sheet. New York Sea Grant Extension Program, Stony Brook, NY. 1pp. (pdf)

Information Needs for Lake Ontario: The Great Lakes Regional Research and Information Network Search Conferences. Lauber, T.B., Brown, T.L. 2008. 61 pp. (click here)

Lake Ontario Sportfishing: Trends, Analysis,and Outlook. T. L., N. A. Connelly. 2009 (pdf)

Motivations of male and female shoreline bird watchers in New York. Kuehn, D.M., M.J. Sali, and R. Schumer. 2009. Tourism in Marine Environments 6(1): 25-37.

New York Aquaculture Industry: Status, Constraints, and Opportunities A White Paper. Timmons, M.B., G. Rivara, D. Baker, J.M. Regenstein, M.P. Schreibman, P. Warner, D.A. Barnes, and K. Rivara. 2004. Cornell University, Ithaca NY. 72pp. (pdf)

New York's Great Lakes Charter Fishing Industry in 2002. Lichtkoppler, F., and D. Kuehn. 2004. 4 pp. This fact sheet discusses the New York portion of the Great Lakes-wide charter captain survey completed by the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network. (pdf)

Only "real divers" use New York's Great Lakes.  Todd, S.L. 2004. Proceedings of the 2003 Northeastern Recreation Research Symposium. US Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northeastern Research Station.

Providing public access in coastal areas: options for landowners. Bielen, M et al. 1996. 8pp. This fact sheet presents case studies on coastal access options from five of the Great Lakes states. Topics such as conservation easements, regional comprehensive plans, and purchase of development rights are included.  (pdf)

Recreational Boating Expenditures in 2003 in New York State and Their Economic Impacts. Connelly, N.A., T.L. Brown, D.L. Kay. 2004. New York Sea Grant Extension Program, Ithaca, NY. 80pp. Researchers from Cornell University’s Department of Natural Resources found that for boating trip related expenditures boaters spent over $431 million statewide. Overall in 2003, almost $2 billion was spent statewide on these non-trip related expenses. Of this figure, $1.2 billion was for boat purchases. (pdf)

Recreation Conflicts and Compatibility Between Motortboat Owners, Personal Watercraft Owners, and Coastal Landowners Along New York’s Great Lakes Coast. Wang, C-P. and C. Dawson. 2000. New York Sea Grant Extension, Oswego, NY. 15pp.

Rip Currents! Break the grip of the rip. National Weather Service, National Sea Grant College Program, United States Lifesaving Association. 2004. NOAA; New York Sea Grant Institute, Stony Brook, NY. Brochure. (pdf)

SCUBA diving and underwater cultural resources: Differences in environmental beliefs, ascriptions of responsibility, and management preferences based on level of development. Todd, S.L., T. Cooper, and A.R. Graefe. 2001. Pages 131-140 in G. Kyle, comp., ed. Proceedings of the 2000 Northeastern Recreation Research Symposium. (Gen. Tech. Rep. NE-276). Newtown Square, PA. US Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northeastern Research Station.

Sportfishing: A case study of gender and life stage along New York's eastern Lake Ontario coast. Kuehn, D. 2003. New York Sea Grant Fact Sheet. New York Sea Grant Extension Program, Syracuse, NY.

Sportfishing participation on Lake Ontario: modeling the past predicting the future. Connelly, N., and T.L. Brown. 2010. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 30(3): 821-830.

Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers. Brochure. 2012. Mary Penney, New York Sea Grant Extension Program, Oswego, NY. (pdf)
This brochure provides boaters with how-to tips for slowing the spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS) and profiles for some AIS of concern (Hydrilla, round goby, didymo and Eurasian watermilfoil). Included is a convenient checklist, schematic, and inspection and disposal tips that can be used to guide boaters through watercraft inspection for AIS.

Stormwater Runoff Best Management Practices for Marinas: A Guide for Operators. Tanski., J. 1998. 16pp. This is a 16-page bulletin that discusses techniques to control and reduce stormwater runoff from marinas. The bulletin focuses on hull maintenance BMP's, a major regulatory concern in most areas, and includes detailed descriptions of stormwater treatment devices most suitable for marinas. The publication provides cost estimates, planning and technical considerations, and 18 photographs and drawings illustrating the practices in use. (click here)

Strategies for increasing sportfishing participation in New York's Great Lakes Region. Kuehn, D. 2002. 10 pp. This report lists strategies for increasing sportfishing participation. (pdf)

Tourism & Community Sustainability in the Hudson River Valley, New York: Resident & Visitor Engagement in Three Communities. S.E. Sullivan, R.M. Schuster, and D.M. Kuehn. 2008. New York Sea Grant Institute, Stony Brook, NY. 31 pp. Pub ID# 3200. (background info) (pdf) Also available, summary/keypoints (pdf)

Travel Tips for boaters and motorists to and from Canada. White, D.G.  2008. 2pp. NY Sea Grant and Seaway Trail, Inc. have posted Cross Border Travel Tips for Boaters and Motorists. This tip sheet is updated as warranted to provide the most up to date border crossing information for travelers. (click here)

What Boaters Should Know About Hudson River Underwater Plant Beds. Holochuck, N. 2001. New York Sea Grant Extension Program, Kingston, NY. Brochure. (pdf)

For more Coastal Economies, Marinas, Tourism & Other Coastal Businesses fact sheets, reports and other publications, check out the following NYSG Web sites:

Great Lakes Boating & Marine Trades

Great Lakes Sand Dunes & Wetlands

Great Lakes Shipwrecks

Dive the Great Lakes Seaway Trail
(Partner Site: Seaway Trails)

Marina Environmental Best Management Practices

Coastlines Articles back to top

Winter'12: NYSG’s Safety-At-Sea Workshop Garners US Coast Guard Appreciation (pdf)

Summer/Fall'11: Alternative Marketing for Fish Catch (pdf)

Spring'11: Discover Clean & Safe Boating Campaign a Hit with Industry (pdf)

Spring'11: Penney Named Coastal Community Development Specialist (pdf)

Fall '10: A WWWeb of Lake Ontario Learning (pdf)

Fall '10: Researchers Identify Ways to Improve Lake Ontario Sportfishing (pdf)

Fall '10: 2010 Sea Grant Summer of Safety (pdf)

Summer '10: Western New York News (pdf

Spring '10: Great Lakes Small Harbors Initiative (pdf)

Fall '09: Exploring the Hudson (pdf)

Spring '09: Seeking New Ways to Stimulate Sportfish (pdf)

Spring '08: Record Crowd Attends Great Lakes Underwater (pdf)

Spring '08: Visioning Lake Ontario's Future (pdf)

Fall '07: Hudson River Study Sets Sail (Research: Schuster) (pdf)

Fall '06: Dave White on the Small Screen (pdf)

Winter '06: New Wave of Research (pdf)

Spring '05: Diving the Inland Seas: GL Underwater '05 (diving) (pdf)

Fall '04: NY's Boaters Spent $2.4 Billion in 2003 (boating) (pdf)

Fall '04: Angler "Talks Up" Great Lakes Fishing (fishing) (pdf)

Fall '04: Report from Sushi Central (Research: Ted Bestor) (pdf)

Spring '04: GLU 2004 "Covers the Lakes": GL Underwater '04 (diving) (pdf)

Fall '03: Boating on the Hudson (boating) (pdf)

Fall '03: Helping Hudson River Marina Owners (marinas) (pdf)

Fall '03: Partnering to Promote Clean Boating (boating) (pdf)

Fall '02: Tourism Around the State (incl. "Working for Cleaner Marinas," marinas) (pdf)

Fall '02: Marine Fisheries: Angling/Weakfish Tournament (fishing) (pdf)

Summer '01: Fostering Coastal Businesses (pdf)

Summer '01: Diving to Great Depths (Researcher: Lundgren, diving) (pdf)

Summer '01: Making a Splash in Oswego: GL Underwater '01 (diving) (pdf)

Winter '01: What Fish Do You Prefer? (fishing/seafood) (pdf)

Summer '00: Personal Watercraft: Is it Getting Personal? (boating) (pdf)

Summer '00: An Event of Firsts: GL Underwater '00 (diving) (pdf)

Spring/Summer '99: Angler Alert: Concerns and Issues of Lake Ontario (fishing) (pdf)

Spring/Summer '99: No Resting on this Perch (Research: Buttner) (pdf)

Fall '98: Innovative Outreach Buoys Marina Industry (marinas) (pdf)

Fall '98: Great Lakes Underwater! (diving) (pdf)

Fall '98: Agritourism - Consider it Successful (tourism) (pdf)

Dune/Habitat Education

Fall '09: Stewards Have Gone Bloggin' (pdf)

Fall '07: Habitat Restoration Day (pdf)

Fall '06: NYSG Spearheads Dune Protection (pdf)

Fall '06: Stewardship Spreads (pdf)

Fall '05: Packets Prompt Citizens to Save Dunes (pdf)

Spring '05: Seeding Lake Ontario's Shoreline Stewardship (pdf)

Fall '03: Stewards Lead the Way (incl. Dune Stewards Program, Summer 2003) (pdf)

Fall '02: Back to the Beach (Dune Stewards Program, Summer 2002) (pdf)

Fall '01: Lake Ontario Dune Stewards, Summer 2001 (pdf)

Summer '00: NYSG Welcomes Three More to the Fold (incl. Dune Education) (pdf)

Success Stories back to top

Research back to top

A Ferry-Based Observing System for Long Island Sound: Application to Physical Influences on Hypoxia (2008, Waliser, R/CE-19) (pdf)
A NYSG research project, in partnership with the Bridgeport-Port Jefferson Steamboat Company and the National Weather Service, equipped a commercial ferry with a variety of sensors to monitor and collect data about the Long Island Sound as makes its daily transects. In real-time, the data is transmitted for use through the Sound Science Web site.

Analysis of Field Plantings of Young Cultured Hard Clams, Mercenaria mercenaria (Linne), in Long Island, NY (2007, Rivara, R/ATD-10) (pdf)
In a Sea Grant-funded project using an unprecedented cooperative approach, scientists and resource managers experimented with the timing of hard clam seeding to improve yield and bring more clams to market.

Extension back to top

NYSG Facilitates Development of Oswego’s New Maritime Center (2012) (pdf)
During the fall of 2008, Oswego, NY’s major maritime organizations came together to discuss reinventing the city’s Historic Maritime District. Initial discussions included the concept of consolidating the H. Lee White Marine Museum, Oswego Maritime Alliance (OMA), and Oswego Maritime Foundation (OMF) to better provide maritime history, education, and events. The Port Authority of Oswego provided input, and, as discussions moved forward, New York Sea Grant was asked to join the group as facilitator as NYSG had assisted each group individually since their inceptions in developing programs and events. Since then, NYSG has played a pivotal role in assisting in what could have been a very contentious process.

Workforce Training Aids Aquatic Invasive Species Education (2012) (pdf)
In 2011, New York Sea Grant created a workforce development training program to help educate future members of the environmental sector about aquatic invasive species. In the past 200 years, more than 180 aquatic invasive species have entered the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River ecosystems.

New York Commercial Fishing Fleet Safety-At-Sea Training (2011) (pdf)
Project stakeholder testimony includes gratitude from commercial fisherman John Scheu, who participated in Safety-At-Sea training. Scheu said, “Without a doubt, I’d rather learn here on the dock (in Montauk) than offshore when it’s 5 degrees in February.”  Until the 2010 NY Sea Grant program, there had been no formal Safety-At-Sea training conducted in the past 10 years.

Developing Educational Materials for NY’s Eastern Lake Ontario Region (2011) (pdf)
To supplement ongoing efforts that promote environmentally-responsible use of the Eastern Lake Ontario Dunes and Wetlands Area (ELODWA) and the Sandy Creeks watershed, NYSG expanded its toolbox of educational materials that include a guidebook, brochure, traveling trunks and interpretive panels in 2010.

The 2010 Discover Clean & Safe Boating campaign (2011) (pdf)
In the Great Lakes region, more than 1,400 New York boaters pledged to be environmentally-sound after visiting the 2010 Discover Clean and Safe Boating exhibit at events throughout the freshwater shoreline region. The 2011 edition of the campaign includes a fishing boat, a canoe, and national Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers information on how boaters can reduce the spread of unwanted invasive species.

Shipwrecks Project Wins National Byway Award (2010) (pdf)
In August 2009, at the National Scenic Byways conference in Denver, Great Lakes Seaway Trail, NYSG, and the New York State Department of Transportation Scenic Byways Program received an award recognizing the “Shipwrecks” project for partnerships, public outreach, community involvement, and innovation.

Stewardship Blog Informs New Audiences about Eastern Lake Ontario Dunes and Salmon River Ecosystems (2010) (pdf)
In 2009, New York Sea Grant created the Eastern Lake Ontario Dune and Salmon River Stewardship blog to reach new audiences. The Eastern Lake Ontario Dune and Salmon River Stewards posted content weekly.

Collaborative Marketing Makes Sense for Small Businesses (2009) (pdf)
Small businesses in coastal communities across Long Island must find innovative ways to compete for the public’s shrinking disposable income in this global recession. New York Sea Grant, the Long Island Convention and Visitors Bureau (LI CVB), and Stony Brook University Small Business Development Center hosted a collaborative marketing seminar, where participants learned about the benefits of creating partnerships with other sectors that share the same market, and about the new tools developed by the LI CVB to promote angling.

Increasing Public Awareness Protects Freshwater Resources (2009) (pdf)
The media projects of the Eastern Lake Ontario Dune/Salmon River Steward Program are effectively educating the public about New York’s natural resources, helping to train future environmental sciences leaders, and providing program partners with a valuable resource. The Steward program is managed by New York Sea Grant in partnership with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, New York State Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation, and The Nature Conservancy.

Helping Marinas Help Themselves (and Save Money) (2009) (pdf)
In 2007, New York revised its general permit program for Storm Water Discharges Associated with Industrial Activities, placing new requirements on marinas. To be in compliance and avoid fines, these facilities were required to develop a detailed Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan for their sites. Few marinas knew of these regulatory changes or what they were required to do to comply. New York Sea Grant worked with the New York Marine Trades Association to hold an informational workshop for marina operators to increase awareness of the regulatory changes and to help them meet the new requirements.

Revitalizing the Great Lakes Seaway Trail Byway Brand  (2009) (pdf)
A New York Sea Grant partnership with the nonprofit Great Lakes Seaway Trail is assessing and revitalizing the brand of the 30-year-old, 518-mile-long New York-Pennsylvania byway that is one of America’s Byways, a National Recreation Trail, and a NY State Bicycle Route.

New Partner Joins Eastern Lake Ontario Habitat Restoration Efforts (2008) (pdf)
During summer 2007 the NYSG Steward Coordinator assisted Oswego County Soil & Water Conservation District in bringing a new partner to the Eastern Lake Ontario Dunes and Wetlands Area. The collaboration secured funds for a habitat restoration project and development of an interpretive brochure.

New Resource Assists Coastal Stakeholders with Shoreline Management Decisions (2008) (pdf)
NYSG obtained a $19,000 grant from the National Park Service to produce Long Island’s Dynamic South Shore: A Primer on the Forces and Trends Shaping our Coast. This 27-page, illustrated booklet uses objective, sciencebased information and provides a layman’s overview of the natural and anthropogenic processes that control shoreline erosion and how they impact our coast.

Diving the Seaway Trail: An Economic Development Partnership (2008) (pdf)
Scuba divers represent an economic impact of more than $108 million to New York’s Great Lakes region (New York Sea Grant survey, 1999). The fresh waters of the St. Lawrence River, Lake Ontario, Niagara River and Lake Erie are filled with fascinating shipwrecks, aquatic life, and geologic formations. In 2007, “Dive the Seaway Trail,” a project of New York Sea Grant and Seaway Trail, Inc., showcased this largely undiscovered underwater destination for attention by diving enthusiasts and history buffs.

NYSG: Helping Sportfishing Businesses Make Connections (2007) (pdf)
New York Sea Grant (NYSG) helped to bring the sportfishing industry one step closer to achieving the goal of improved public access to information about sportfishing opportunities. A marine sportfishing guide was published in response to a list of public awareness activities identified by the sportfishing industry at a Spring 2005 meeting facilitated by NYSG.

NYSG: Helping Marinas with Environmental Best Management Practices (2007) (pdf)
NYSG Specialist Jay Tanski obtained a $65,000 grant from the U.S. EPA and, with guidance from an advisory committee of industry, agency and NGO (Non-Governmental Organization) representatives, developed the New York Sea Grant Marina Environmental Best Management Practices Web site (

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