Pioneering Ocean Planning

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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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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: 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: 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…

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Celebrating World Oceans Day
by Priscilla Brooks

On the occasion of World Oceans Day, it is worth reminding ourselves about how utterly dependent we are on the ocean – for the fish and shellfish that grace our dinner tables, for our summer recreation – on, in, and alongside our ocean – for the tremendous untapped renewable resources of the wind, waves and…

Publications
Conservation Matters Spring 2012

Regional Ocean Planning: Giving everyone a seat at the table… Holding Government to Account: Empowering citizens and ensuring clean water… Canadian Hydropower for New England? Awash in promises, as promises dry up… Sustainable Agriculture: Growing a vibrant New England.Face to Face With New England’s Environmental Stewards

Press Releases
Conservation Law Foundation To Present Rhode Island Premiere Of Ocean Frontiers, New Film About Stewardship Of Ocean Resources
by Ben Carmichael

Ocean enthusiasts are invited to join Rhode Island’s foremost ocean experts and leading stakeholders at the Rhode Island premiere of Ocean Frontiers: The Dawn of a New Era in Ocean Stewardship, a new documentary from Karen Meyer of Green Fire Productions. The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place on Wednesday, April 4 from 6:30-9:00 PM at the Corless Auditorium, University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography, at the Narragansett Bay Campus. The evening will begin with a reception at 6:30 PM. A discussion with the filmmaker and a panel of ocean experts will follow the screening.

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CLF Statement Regarding the Passage of the National Endowment for the Oceans
by Ben Carmichael

In response to the passage today of the National Endowment for the Oceans (NEO) in the RESTORE Act amendment to the Surface Transportation funding bill — an amendment proposed by Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (RI) and Olympia Snowe (ME) – Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) issued the following statement from Tricia Jedele, VP and Director, CLF Rhode Island: