Northeast Ocean Plan

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First-of-its-Kind Northeast Ocean Plan Officially Approved by Obama Administration

“This is a game changer for the management of our ocean in New England,” said CLF’s Vice President and Director of Ocean Conservation Priscilla Brooks. “Based on the most comprehensive scientific database ever compiled for New England’s ocean and intensive stakeholder input, the Northeast Ocean Plan will effectively enable the region to capitalize on all the ocean has to offer by way of food, clean renewable energy, transportation, recreation, and jobs, while ensuring that the ocean we all depend upon is healthy and thriving. CLF applauds this historic achievement as a critical step toward ensuring an effectively managed, healthy ocean and coastal communities for generations to come.”

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The Future of Offshore Wind in New England is Bright
by Amanda Yanchury

On a beautiful, brisk, and windy fall day last week, director of ocean conservation Dr. Priscilla Brooks embarked upon a cruise out to the Block Island wind farm for a close-up view of our nation’s first offshore wind farm. The 13-mile ride was bumpy, but well worth it, Brooks said. Standing some 560 feet high,…

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Northeast Ocean Plan emerges as development tool

“For any project that comes up now, the ocean plan will guide the consideration of that project and in very specific ways,” said Priscilla Brooks, vice president and director of ocean conservation at the Conservation Law Foundation, who participated in stakeholder meetings. “It will guide [the project] in terms of agencies using this new Northeast…

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Federal Agency Weakens Protections for Vulnerable Fish Populations

“Before 2006, the New England Fishery Management Council took advantage of legal loopholes that produced disaster for our region’s fish and fishermen, decimating species like Atlantic cod and yellowtail flounder and creating long-term barriers to success for those who make a living in our waters,” said CLF senior counsel Peter Shelley. “It took a concerted effort from CLF and hundreds of community partners to right the ship and provide opportunities for important fish species to repopulate, but today’s decision unravels a decade of progress. By allowing room for more subjectivity and more flexibility within its regulations, NOAA Fisheries has weakened management tools that have been used successfully to restore over thirty fisheries once in severe decline.”

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Faces of Ocean Planning: Cape Cod’s Self-Reliance
by Aimee Bushman

The nonprofit’s renewable energy goals are likely to be bolstered by the implementation of the Northeast Regional Ocean Plan. For more than 35 years, Self-Reliance (formerly Cape and Islands Self-Reliance) has worked to educate Cape Cod residents, businesses, and neighborhoods on the economic benefits of renewable energy. Through the implementation of unique “energy action plans,”…

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The Northeast Regional Ocean Plan: What You Need to Know (and How to Take Action)
by Priscilla Brooks

Recently, the Northeast Regional Planning Body (RPB) released a draft of the Northeast Regional Ocean Plan, a groundbreaking document that will guide future decision making about how we manage ocean resources in New England. The RPB, comprising representatives from each New England state, six federally recognized tribes, nine federal agencies, and the New England Fishery Management…