Pioneering Ocean Planning

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After Successful Fall Meeting, the Northeast Regional Ocean Plan Enters the Final Stretch
by Aimee Bushman

The North Atlantic is renowned for its incredible beauty, access to iconic keystone species, and rich maritime history. But today, New England’s coasts and ocean are busier than ever, with more stakeholders and a more diverse complexity of interests than ever before. A regional ocean plan will drastically reduce conflict amongst ocean users, break down…

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Faces of Ocean Planning | Richard Delaney: ‘Research in action’ helps drive ocean management
by Amanda Yanchury

Welcome to Faces of Ocean Planning, where we’ll take you behind the scenes to feature people and organizations who use the ocean in a variety of ways and are engaged in the Northeast Regional Ocean Plan process.  Rich Delaney knows that in order to protect coastal environments, marine mammals, and ecosystems, you must first understand them:…

Publications
Conservation Matters Fall 2015

Fighting for New England’s Future: CLF’s New President, Brad Campbell, Takes the Reins… Windward Progress: Offshore Wind in Rhode Island… Why I Give: Justin Boyan… Five Questions For: Dr. Sylvia Earle

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Getting on Board with Offshore Wind: A Reality in Rhode Island
by Tricia Jedele

I am proud to announce that construction on the nation’s first offshore wind farm is officially underway in Rhode Island! Today, incoming Conservation Law Foundation President Bradley Campbell and I have the honor to be a part of history in the making. We’re going to be boarding a ferry out to the Deepwater Wind project site with United States Department of Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, the Director for the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Abigail Ross Hopper, our congressional delegation, Rhode Island state and local leaders, and many of our environmental colleagues. Together, we will be celebrating a landmark project years in the making and the ocean management plan that made it possible.

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Conservation Matters Summer 2015

Defending the Charles: Closing the Clean Water Gap and Making All Polluters Pay… Progress Report: Childhood Lead Poisoning in New Hampshire… Why I Give: CLF Massachusetts’ Board Member Chi Ho Sham… Five Questions For: Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse

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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.

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.

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Massachusetts Releases the MA Ocean Management Plan 2.0 – Leading the Nation
by Allison Lorenc

In 2008, Governor Deval Patrick signed the landmark first-in-the-nation Oceans Act mandating the state to develop and implement a science-based comprehensive ocean management plan to protect ocean wildlife and habitat and promote sustainable use of the ocean and its resources.  The following year, the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EOEEA) issued the MA…