Maine Fishermen’s Forum, Rockland, ME (March 7)
Nick Napoli presented in a seminar on “Fisheries Mapping & Data Portals Including Industry & User Driven Updates to the NE Data Portal”. NROC and the Responsible Offshore Development Alliance (RODA) are partnering to develop updated map and data products for the Portal that show the use of ocean space by the fishing industry. The goals of this project include ensuring the fishing industry has a direct voice in the development of map products that represent their knowledge, to improve fishing industry trust in regional data products and the data that are being used to inform decisions, and to develop mechanisms to ensure collaboration with industry on future data updates. RODA and NROC seek to gain input from participants in various fisheries to determine the need and potential uses for fisheries data products, to design and review draft products, and to develop documentation and communications about the appropriate application and use of final data products that are available on the Portal. The seminar included short presentations to set the content for discussions, including presentations about the data, functionality, and uses of the Portal and about the status of the current project to update its fisheries data. After the presentations, attendees participated in an interactive discussion about potential improvements to the Portal.
Boston Sea Rovers 66th Ocean Expo, Danvers, MA(March 7)
At the Boston Sea Rovers 2020 meeting, Ted Maney (Salem State University) collected feedback and distributed maps on recreational scuba diving sites in New England on behalf of Portal staff to support an update to the recreational diving map layer.
Ocean Sciences Meeting, San Diego, CA(Feb. 20)
Kelly Knee (RPS & Data Portal Working Group) presented “The Northeast Ocean Data Portal: Maps and Data for New England’s Oceans” in a session focused on “Integrating, Disseminating, and Visualizing Quality Data at the Regional Scale to Support Resilient Coastal Communities”.
New England Fishery Management Council (NEFMC), Boston, MA(Jan. 28)
The Council received a presentation on the Northeast Ocean Data Portal. Representatives from the Northeast Regional Ocean Council (NROC) and the Responsible Offshore Development Alliance (RODA) informed the Council about their collaboration, along with the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean (MARCO), to update commercial fisheries data on the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic Ocean Data Portals and engage industry through focus groups and other outreach efforts in the development of data products.
Public Comment Period: Omnibus Deep-Sea Coral Amendment (Jan. 3–Feb. 18)
From January 3 to February 18, NOAA Fisheries solicited public comment on a proposed rule to designate coral protection areas on Georges Bank and in the Gulf of Maine and to implement the measures of the NEFMC’s Omnibus Deep-Sea Coral Amendment. The Data Portal supported the public comment period, as well as development of the Amendment, by providing interactive maps of the proposed coral protection areas, which could be overlaid with maps of fishing activity and other types of data.