Northeast Ocean Plan

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Ocean Planning – New England Leads the Way
by Robin Just

Ocean planning is a practice proudly developed in New England. We’ve often written about the success of the Massachusetts Ocean Plan and the Rhode Island Special Area Management Plan (SAMP), as well as ways that ocean planning already works in New England. Now we are excited to announce a new network of ocean users supporting…

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Waves of Change: Taking on the Threat of Ocean Garbage
by Sean Cosgrove

Walking the sandy beaches of the Cape and Islands, kayaking the marshes and salt ponds, or scrambling around the rocky shores of Maine will almost always provide three things: a great outdoor experience, a chance to explore and learn about nature and the amazing diversity of life, and a full review of the waste, refuse,…

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Waves of Change: Making a Dam Plan for Fish Habitat
by Hannah Dean

An engineer, a politician, and a fish walk into a dam. The engineer says, “We could have built it bigger.” The politician says, “We should have built it cheaper.” Fish don’t talk, but if they did, they probably would have asked for a ladder. Dams were built in the 18th century to power mills, and…

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Waves of Change: Planning for Harmful Algal Blooms
by Hannah Dean

How’s the weather? That question is much easier to answer than it used to be. Back in the old days farmers didn’t have the Weather Channel or iPhone forecasts and could only rely on their own knowledge. Early forecasts of the weather improved because of balloons that were sent up into the atmosphere to gather…

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Healthy Sharks – Healthy Oceans
by Robin Just

“I love diving with makos, but they have a very different behavior than other sharks. They come in appearing to be more agitated. They’re much more hyper and jacked up.” – Brian Skerry Mako sharks are built to move. They are very acrobatic – sometimes leaping high into the air –and are also extremely fast. Some…

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Waves of Change: Making a Plan for Renewable Energy
by Robin Just

Ceaseless, predictable, powerful – the tide is all of these things. We may be adding “illuminating” to that list as our nation’s first grid-connected commercial tidal energy project gets underway off the coast of Maine and begins to light up homes sometime in August. As part of a renewable energy plan, tidal energy may hold…

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Waves of Change: Regional Ocean Planning Works for Ships and Whales
by Robin Just

Shipping lanes in and around San Francisco Bay are being changed to protect the many whales that feed in its krill-rich waters. Blue whales, fin whales, and humpbacks will all benefit from the changes. This action took two years of collaboration, data-sharing, and negotiating among the shipping industry, government agencies, and environmental groups. This, in…

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Waves of Change: Making a Plan for Coastal Pollution
by Hannah Dean

It’s July, it’s hot, and – as long as there are no big sharks around – you’d like to go swimming. There’s only one problem: you get to the beach and find out you might get sick if you go in the water. In New England, it’s more likely than not that the unhealthy water…

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Waves of Change: Planning for New England’s Unprecedented Sea Level Rise
by Robin Just

Sea levels are rising 3-4 times faster along the east coast, from North Carolina to Massachusetts, than the global average, says a new study by the United States Geological Survey (USGS). This “hot spot” of rising water puts us at unique risk from the changes that are happening to our ocean and will “increase the…