Protecting Ocean Resources

Rhode Island’s ocean is a vital source of jobs, food, recreation, and transportation – and it’s key to developing the state’s clean energy economy. To help guide decisions about how we use our ocean areas today and into the future, the state created the Ocean Special Area Management Plan.

CLF in Action

CLF is an active player in ocean planning processes throughout New England. Better planning will help ensure that our oceans and coasts are healthy, rare ocean wildlife and important habitats are protected, and renewable energy growth does not come at the expense of fragile marine areas.

In Rhode Island, the Ocean Special Area Management Plan, or SAMP, is a comprehensive blueprint for how the state will manage and protect its ocean waters, which are among the most productive in New England. The SAMP has already been put into practice, providing a straightforward process for the siting and approval of Deepwater Wind’s 30-megawatt wind project off the coast of Block Island.

We all have a say in how our ocean resources will be used, and ocean planning helps to ensure that all voices are heard. CLF was proud to be part of the stakeholder group that helped to shape Rhode Island’s SAMP, and we will continue to track its success in ensuring a healthy and thriving Ocean State for years to come.