US Coast Guard Public Comment Period: Northern New York Bight PARS (Closing August 28)
The Coast Guard is soliciting public comment on a Port Access Route Study (PARS) for the Northern New York Bight. Comments and related material must be received on or before August 28, 2020. The Data Portal is supporting this process by providing online maps of the PARS study area and by helping to raise public awareness of the comment period and virtual public meetings.
Global Ocean Summit (June 26)
Nick Napoli (NROC and Northeast Ocean Data Portal) was a speaker in the Global Ocean Summit & Series: Linking Large Marine Ecosystems to Local Science and Management for Sustainable Development, hosted by the University of Rhode Island. He participated in the panel discussion in Session 4: Northeast U.S. Continental Shelf Large Marine Ecosystem: A holistic perspective.
OneNOAA Science Seminar (June 23)
As part of the OneNOAA Science Seminar Series, members of the Portal team presented a public webinar on the technologies that the Portal leverages, the process used to develop and disseminate peer-reviewed data products in response to Northeast Regional Ocean Council (NROC) priorities and users’ needs, and some of the data and tools available. They also provided examples of public- and private-sector entities that use the Portal and how they are using it in the northeastern US to support planning and decision-making for offshore uses such as wind energy, aquaculture, dredged material disposal, and fisheries management.
BOEM Public Comment Period: Vineyard Wind (June 11–July 27)
From June 11 to July 27, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) solicited public comment on its Supplement to the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) for the proposed Vineyard Wind 1 Offshore Energy Project. The Data Portal supported the public comment period by providing interactive maps of the proposed project envelope and cable route, which could be overlaid with other data on ocean uses and the ocean ecosystem.
NROC Webinar: State-Led Ocean Planning and NEFMC Planning (May 28)
Speakers in the NROC Ocean Planning Committee webinar on May 28 provided updates on state-led marine planning efforts in Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts and on planning by the New England Fishery Management Council (NEFMC). Many of the presenters used maps from the Northeast Ocean Data Portal in their discussions of transmission cables, aquaculture, offshore wind, and other activities.
Partnership between NROC, MARCO, and RODA underway to update and improve Northeast and Mid-Atlantic commercial fisheries data products (January–September 2020)
The Northeast Regional Ocean Council (NROC) and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean (MARCO) are partnering with the Responsible Offshore Development Alliance (RODA) to engage commercial fishermen in the development of updated maps and data for the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic Ocean Data Portals. Learn more.