Northeast Ocean Plan


Healthy Communities and a Healthy Environment for All From rural farmland and western foothills, to urban centers and coastal villages, Connecticut is a state of varied landscapes and remarkable range. Our Solutions For decades CLF has worked to protect people and communities across Connecticut. We’re fighting to shut down Bridgeport’s dirty coal-fired power plant and…

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Together, we can ensure a healthy future for New England’s ocean The ocean plays an integral role in New Englanders’ lives, our economy, and our communities. But pollution, overfishing, and climate change threaten its health and our future. Our Solutions CLF has safeguarded New England’s ocean for decades – from blocking oil and gas drilling on Georges…

This Week on – October 12-16
by Allison Lorenc

October 13 – Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, October 13 – In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, Maine lobster go for $4 per pound; global marine analysis suggests food chain collapse; marine researchers defend deep-sea bottom trawling study; U.S. representatives meet with NOAA officials about at-sea monitoring; Douglas Christel named conduit…

Northeast Regional Planning Body dives into development of ocean management plan
by Aimee Bushman

“Aspirational…inspirational…perspirational…” These were the words embraced and repeated often by members of the Northeast Regional Planning Body during a public planning session in Mystic, Connecticut, on June 3 and 4. The Northeast Regional Planning Body was first convened in 2012, following President Obama’s 2010 Executive Order announcing the National Ocean Policy, which called for the development of regional ocean management plans nationwide. The goal: to create a uniquely New England ocean management plan.

This Week on – April 20-24
by Allison Lorenc

April 21 – NOAA Warns New England Fishery Council Not to Weaken Ocean Habitat Protection – You might think that habitat protection would be an obvious priority in New England, which has the country’s worst record on overfishing and depleted fish stocks. Unfortunately, this long-overdue plan to manage the region’s ocean habitat could end up slashing…

Conservation Matters Articles
Making Room for All the Fish (and More) in the Sea
by Laurie O'Reilly

In New England, the ocean is an integral part of our lives, economy, and communities. But today, our need for the ocean’s resources is growing. So New England is leading the way in creating the country’s first regional ocean plan to balance ocean protection with responsible development.

National Ocean Policy Workshop a Success
by Allison Lorenc

Conservation Law Foundation is dedicated to supporting full implementation of the National Ocean Policy. Last week under the umbrella of the Healthy Oceans Coalition, CLF partnered with the American Littoral Society to organize The National Ocean Policy: New England Healthy Ocean and Coasts Workshop. Recognizing the importance of our ocean and coastal ecosystems and building…

New England’s Congressional Members Demonstrate Strong Leadership and Support for Regional Ocean Planning and the National Ocean Policy
by Jennifer Felt

Congress has finally announced a bipartisan compromise on legislation to reauthorize the Water Resources Development Act (WRRDA). Thanks to the leadership of Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse and California Senator Barbara Boxer, a potentially damaging rider that would have prohibited the US Army Corps of Engineers from working with states and tribes to improve regional…