Pioneering Ocean Planning

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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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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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Obama grants federal protection to section of Atlantic

Environmental advocates, however, lauded the president’s action. “From valleys deeper than the Grand Canyon, to peaks as high as Mount Washington, to the hundreds of diverse and endangered species that call this place home, the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts is the embodiment of a treasure worthy of such permanent protection,” Bradley Campbell of the Conservation…

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Poll Shows Strong Support for Ocean Planning Among New Englanders
by Amanda Yanchury

A new poll of New England residents shows that 66 percent support the implementation of a regional ocean plan in New England – and 64 percent support ocean planning in general, a 5-point increase from 2011. The poll, conducted by Edge Research, consisted of landline and cell phone surveys of 1,500 people in the five…

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The Potential of the Gulf of Maine

… Over the past year, Cashes Ledge and several canyons and seamounts on or near the southern edge of Georges Bank have been proposed as national monuments. We won’t know the outcome for sure until January 2017, but the question remains: Is there a need for a few carefully selected areas in the Gulf of…

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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…

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Happy Global Wind Day!
by Allison Lorenc

As climate change continues to impact our lands, oceans, wildlife, and even our day-to-day activities, finding ways to power our homes and businesses with clean, renewable sources of energy is becoming more critical. New England hasn’t been immune to climate fallout: Gulf of Maine is one of the fastest warming bodies of water on the…