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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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Faces of Ocean Planning: Rebecca Clark Uchenna of the Island Institute
by Aimee Bushman

“Island life” is pretty unique. For some islanders, day-to-day life means relying on ferries to the mainland to go to work or buy groceries and other household goods. For many others, livelihoods depend on occupations deeply rooted in the sea – from fishing, to owning marine-oriented businesses, to preserving local maritime history and culture. Each island…

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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:…

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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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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.

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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…

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This Week on TalkingFish.org – February 2-6
by Allison Lorenc

February 6 – Massachusetts Releases the MA Ocean Management Plan 2.0 – Leading the Nation in Comprehensive Ocean Planning and Management – In early January 2015, Massachusetts issued the 2015 Massachusetts Ocean Management Plan. Major highlights of the revised plan include updates to the plan’s science and data foundation, identification of preliminary offshore renewable energy transmission…

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New England’s Congressional Members Demonstrate Strong Leadership and Support for Regional Ocean Planning and the National Ocean Policy
by Jennifer Felt

Congress has finally announced a bipartisan compromise on legislation to reauthorize the Water Resources Development Act (WRRDA). Thanks to the leadership of Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse and California Senator Barbara Boxer, a potentially damaging rider that would have prohibited the US Army Corps of Engineers from working with states and tribes to improve regional…