Northeast Ocean Plan

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Help Shape the Future of New England’s Ocean and Coastal Economy
by Robin Just

Do you want to help shape the future of New England’s ocean and our coastal economy? New England leads the nation in regional ocean planning and now is the time for your thoughts on healthy oceans and coasts to be heard. A series of ten public meetings are being held in from late May through…

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NEOAN Works to Keep New England’s Ocean Plan on Track
by Jennifer Felt

New England Ocean Action Network (NEOAN)  was founded on the belief that improved management of our ocean and coasts will provide substantial benefits to all ocean users. This is why our membership is so diverse. We have fishermen, surfers, environmental groups, aquariums, and renewable energy industry representatives, all working together to promote regional ocean planning.…

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Making a Plan to Protect our Beautiful Places
by Robin Just

Now that we are in the throes of a real ocean planning process in New England , how will we protect special places in New England’s ocean? We have both a great responsibility and a great opportunity to do so as we bring people together to make decisions about how we will manage multiple and…

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Ocean Planning in New England Gets Interesting
by Robin Just

Shark! OK – not until the third paragraph, but I want you to stay with me[i]. The second meeting of our first-in-the-nation coastal and ocean Regional Planning Body is happening in a couple of weeks, and the goal is to set some goals for regional ocean planning. This may sound like a wonky, best-left-to-professionals sort…

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The Blizzard of ’78 – 35 Years Later, What Have We Learned?
by Robin Just

Originally posted Tuesday, February 5th Sometimes hardy New Englanders take perverse pride in the bad weather we endure. But that didn’t stop us from getting very concerned when Sandy headed our way last October. And it didn’t help to prevent the tragic losses that piled up during the Blizzard of ’78, which formed off the…

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Waves of Change: Planning for a Noisier Ocean
by Robin Just

Have you ever been at a noisy party and couldn’t hear the guy next to you? Or been on your phone when a fire truck went by and you couldn’t hear the conversation? Or gone to a rock concert and had a “hearing hangover” for hours afterwards? This sort of thing happens in the ocean,…

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Waves of Change: Who’s in Charge Here?
by Sean Cosgrove

Rules work better when we all understand them, but what happens when the rules overlap or conflict with one another? And, who is in charge of implementing all these rules anyhow? When it comes to the rules of the road we all learn the same common rules during the drivers’ education course. But, what happens…

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Waves of Change: An Interview with Ocean Frontiers producer Karen Meyer
by Robin Just

Those who say coordinated and collaborative ocean management can’t be done have yet to see the world through Karen Meyer’s eyes.Karen is the Executive Director of Green Fire Productions and the director and producer of Ocean Frontiers. This groundbreaking movie showcases the real-life experiences of fishermen, conservationists, energy companies, shipping interests, farmers, and local community leaders in four areas of the country who worked together to improve ocean health and the management of our oceans and coasts:

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Waves of Change: Planning for New England’s Healthy Tourism Economy
by Hannah Dean

  Whales, fish, clean beaches, healthy oceans – they all create jobs and huge economic benefits for our region. Just like many other resources, marine wildlife and New England’s ocean are under extreme pressure and could benefit from good planning in order to thrive. Regional Ocean Planning is a process which can help us better…

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Superstorm Sandy Leaves a Lot of Questions
by Sean Cosgrove

The full impact of this hurricane is still becoming known. The storm has taken at least 94 lives, including those of two small boys who were recovered after several days of searching. As a father of two young children this sent a shock wave through my psyche. I feel very fortunate that my extended family…