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,…
New Poll: 4 Out of 5 Massachusetts and Rhode Island Residents Support Permanent Protection of Special Ocean Areas
“This poll validates what we’ve heard from hundreds of thousands of people across New England and the country – that they overwhelmingly support permanently protecting rare, unique places in the ocean from constant and increasing threats,” said Priscilla Brooks, Vice President and Director of Ocean Conservation at Conservation Law Foundation. “We hope the people’s loud and clear voice calling for a marine national monument in New England’s waters will reach our region’s congressional leaders and the president.”
In late January, North Atlantic right whales scored a big win when the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) expanded the critical habitat for the endangered whale from 4,500 square nautical miles to 28,000 square nautical miles. The original area included only a portion of Cape Cod Bay and an area east of Nantucket near the Great…
“Cashes Ledge and the Canyons and Seamounts are a rich part of New England’s legacy. Now is the time for these ocean treasures to be part of our national heritage as a Marine National Monument,” said Priscilla Brooks, CLF’s Director of Ocean Conservation. “These biodiversity hotspots offer a refuge for an astonishing array of ocean wildlife including severely depleted Atlantic cod, coldwater corals, whales, dolphins, sharks, bluefin tuna and the largest and deepest coldwater kelp forest on the Atlantic seaboard. These areas are also important laboratories to advance our understanding of the impacts of climate change on the ocean and on our communities. We need to recognize what amazing ocean treasures we have here in New England and protect them permanently for future generations.”
“Diving on Cashes Ledge was an experience of a lifetime, in a lifetime of amazing underwater experiences,” continued Earle. “I saw for myself what scientists have been raving about for years – a miraculous mountain peak that comes close enough to sunlight to be crowned with a thriving forest of kelp and a richly diverse assemblage of coastal marine life in the open sea. Permanent full protection for Cashes Ledge and the deep sea canyons and seamounts of New England will be a good for the fish, for fishermen, for the ocean and for all of humankind.”
Rhode Island is a leader in the race to reap the environmental and economic benefits from offshore wind, according to a new report from the National Wildlife Federation, Catching the Wind: State Actions Needed to Seize the Golden Opportunity of Atlantic Offshore Wind Power. The report, cosponsored by Conservation Law Foundation, Environment Rhode Island and the Environmental Council of Rhode Island (ECRI), compares the actions by Atlantic Coast states toward progress on offshore wind, and Rhode Island ranks in the top tier for its commitment making offshore wind a reality. The report also contains a new analysis showing how the strong, consistent winds offshore can provide power to Rhode Island – bringing down energy costs and local pollution.
CLF has been a longtime champion of renewable energy done right. To this end, we have been working with Deepwater Wind to ensure that the offshore wind project, Deepwater One, proposed for federal waters in Rhode Island Sound moves forward expeditiously, but also in a way that is protective of important habitat areas, avoids user…
Leading Environmental and Conservation Groups and Deepwater Wind Announce Agreement to Protect Endangered Whales at Deepwater ONE Offshore Wind Farm Site
A coalition of leading environmental and conservation organizations — Conservation Law Foundation (CLF), Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and National Wildlife Federation (NWF) — and Deepwater Wind today announced an agreement to implement additional protections for endangered North Atlantic right whales during pre-construction activities for the Deepwater ONE offshore wind farm, which will be developed off the Rhode Island and Massachusetts coasts.
May 7 Teleconference: Leading Conservation Organizations and Deepwater Wind to Announce Agreement to Protect Endangered Whales at Deepwater ONE Offshore Wind Farm Site
On Wednesday, May 7, Conservation Law Foundation (CLF), Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), National Wildlife Federation (NWF) and Deepwater Wind will hold a media teleconference to announce an agreement to implement additional protections for marine mammals, including the endangered North Atlantic Right Whale.
This week on Talking Fish, commercial fisherman Tony Austin explains why the implementation of the Magnuson-Stevens Act isn’t working to rebuild stocks; Fish Talk in the News sees NOAA release a draft rule to open areas currently closed to groundfishing and right whale populations beginning to rebuild.