The developer of the 800-MW Vineyard Wind 1 offshore wind project near Massachusetts has sealed an interconnection agreement with transmission company ISO New England.
With the National Oceanic Administration’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) under a fast approaching, court-imposed deadline to develop new whale protection rules, the Zone C Lobster Management Council held a special meeting on the internet in late September to get an update on the situation from Department of Marine Resources Commissioner Patrick Keliher and consider a zone-specific plan for gear modifications that will likely be required by NMFS.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Friday awarded a contract for beach replenishment along New Jersey's southern tip.
More investment and collaboration needed to expand use and reduce entanglements
Dredging Expected Soon; Feds Ask Mariners for Input
ELLSWORTH — A deadline to present a state plan designed to minimize potential harm to right whales is fast approaching, but members of the Zone B Lobster Management Council have asked Department of Marine Resources officials to check some numbers before the zone council agrees to a plan.
Norwegian energy major Equinor has submitted bids into New York’s second offshore wind solicitation.
Eversource announced it has been recognized by the Environmental Business Council of New England for its commitment to safeguarding the ecological health of Little Bay, an environmentally sensitive estuary located in Durham and Newington, while completing the submarine cable crossing portion of the Seacoast Reliability Project.
New York Sea Grant (NYSG) has awarded more than $2.1 million to support six coastal science research projects —three of which are being led by Stony Brook University faculty — that explore topics relating to and benefiting New York’s coastal environment, communities and economies.
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The Rhode Island Congressional Delegation and General Treasurer Seth Magaziner joined Department of Environmental Management (DEM) Director Janet Coit in launching a $5.2 million project to make much-needed improvements at the Port of Galilee.
Bad weather Friday continued to frustrate efforts by NOAA officials to launch a new search flight and develop rescue plans for an entangled northern right whale sighted Oct. 11 near the approaches to New York Harbor.
Every major bay and estuary on Long Island, from Great Neck to East Hampton, was afflicted this summer with toxic algae blooms or oxygen starved waters, primarily from heavy loads of nitrogen stemming from sewage and septic systems, according to a new report on the region's water quality impairments.
Remedial plan to address ‘balance of plant’ at Pletcher Road site
The cultivation of fish and aquatic plants for food is one of Maine’s leading industries, but some say large-scale producers could put the state’s ecosystem at risk.
Gov. Charlie Baker re-launched the state’s Seaport Economic council in 2015, investing over $40 million to date in coastal communities.
The eastern basin of Long Island Sound ranks high for water quality, as it benefits from lower population density in the region and natural tidal flushing from the ocean, according to the 2020 Long Island Sound Report Card released this past week by Save the Sound.
The economic damage caused by the climate crisis will impact many industries in different ways. And since these industries have different geographical patterns, the economic damage will affect southern New England’s 27 counties differently.
Coastal News Today and the American Shoreline Podcast Network have teamed up with Ocean Blue Happy Hour and ENTANGLED filmmaker David Abel to bring you a special film screening and panel discussion.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding $2,166,719 to the Governor’s Energy Office, to further advance a comprehensive economic roadmap for establishing Maine as a leader in the offshore wind power industry, according to a news release.
A long-awaited project to improve the bulkheading surrounding the borough’s boat ramp area is underway – part of a larger project to improve the ramp to make it more usable for boaters, and deepen the channel that runs under the West Point Island Bridge.
MILFORD — The annual open house at the NOAA Milford Laboratory will have to be online this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but protecting public health is something the facility has been doing since its founding in 1931.
Southampton Town is exploring a multimillion-dollar concept to improve water quality in Shinnecock Bay through a 2,200-foot underwater pipe beneath Dune Road that would pump ocean water to flush out the waterways.
With nearly two months left before the hurricane season of 2020 ends Nov. 30, and the winter storm season waiting in the wings after that, most local beaches are in relatively good shape.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Nick Muto has fished up and down the New England coast and there is nothing that gets his blood boiling more than the sight of a seal.
If present trends continue, by the end of the century, the cost of global warming could be as high as $1 billion annually for Providence County alone, according to data from a 2017 research paper.
STRATFORD — An erosion control project led by two universities and a climate adaptation group has won a “Restored Shore” award from a coastal protection organization.
The State of the Coast report by The Trustees focuses on the threat of rising sea levels and powerful storm surges on the state’s North Shore, which is home to the major fishing port of Gloucester as well as Salem, the site of the notorious colonial-era witch trials.
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has signed lease agreements with Vineyard Wind and Mayflower Wind to use the New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal as the primary staging and deployment base for the construction and installation of their offshore wind projects.
Concord, N.H. (AP) — A regional coalition that supports the development of offshore wind power is set to launch later this month.
The four candidates agree on a lot of things — term limits, homelessness and regional purchasing agreements, but they are split on the county’s 2015 purchase of equipment for a dredging program
Potential state budget cuts to cover the financial decline caused by the COVID-19 pandemic are not projected to impact New York's $300 million Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) contained in legislation passed last year to help fight climate change.
Disbursement of over $11.3 million from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act was discussed at the Aug. 17 meeting of the Atlantic Coast section of the N.J. Shellfisheries Council.
BOSTON – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) along with Restore America's Estuaries (RAE) announced the awarding of $1.8 million in new funding to local organizations working for clean water and healthy coastal ecosystems in Southeast New England.
The ongoing waterfront redevelopment project along the North Bluff in Oak Bluffs got a major boost Tuesday with the announcement from Gov. Charlie Baker that the town will receive $1 million in state grant money for further infrastructure improvements.
A lawsuit filed in Cumberland County Superior Court could limit historical access to the working waterfront by commercial fishermen in Portland.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has approved Mystic Aquarium’s request for a permit to import five beluga whales from a facility in Canada.
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Speakers Stress Importance of Resilience During Virtual Event
Miniature fitness trackers for lobsters and devices to monitor the quality of their shipping conditions are being prototyped as part of an initiative to reduce stress points and improve survival in the lobster supply chain for the Maine lobster industry.
While there is no firm start date for the dredging of the Surf City channel in the bay off Ninth Street, it is slated for a future project, state transportation officials said last month.
HOBOKEN, NJ – Ravi Bhalla, Mayor of Hoboken—a densely populated urban enclave sitting at sea level along the mouth of the Hudson River—has announced that the City will sue fossil fuel companies over the ongoing impacts of flooding. The basis for the suit is the collective and demonstrable denial of climate change by oil companies.
Four of the nine research projects being funded will be conducted my Maine researchers and institutions
Washington, DC—The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) and other animal and environmental protection groups applaud the Department of Commerce’s decision to prohibit Mystic Aquarium from breeding five captive-born beluga whales from Canada as part of an import permit issued Friday. The permit also precludes Mystic from training the whales for performance.
Individual fishermen, fishing charters and seafood dealers must demonstrate revenue losses before receiving checks, probably in November.
Halibut are one of the largest fish in the Gulf of Maine, second only to bluefin tuna, swordfish and large sharks. Historically they were a mainstay of the fishing industry along with cod.
A new law gives New York State government more authority than ever over approvals for large-scale wind and solar energy projects.
Impact on fish populations is a concern
An animals rights group is suing the U.S. government to thwart a Connecticut aquarium's effort to get five new beluga whales, arguing in court that the aquatic animals would be harmed both from the trip from Canada and from being separated from other whales.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — For New England’s vanishing commercial clam harvesters, the coronavirus pandemic represents only the most recent in a string of setbacks that have held down the centuries-old industry.
BOSTON – The state has announced more than $7.8 million in Seaport Economic Council grants to support 17 projects across the Commonwealth.
It's unclear how the COVID-19 pandemic and efforts to fight inequality will affect future trends
Orono, Maine — Maine Sea Grant College Program staff and University of Maine scientists will advance a multimillion-dollar NOAA Sea Grant American Lobster Initiative (ALI), which has announced a second round of research funding.
The Community Flood Watch Project is collecting resident reports of flooding in Jamaica Bay.
The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) and the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) have approved two Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) that will make nearly $6 million available to support offshore wind and other clean energy projects in the state.
Maine lobster harvesters and other commercial fishermen affected by foreign trade tariffs on their catch will receive a total of $530 million in federal relief, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Wednesday.
‘Whether we like it or not, we need to adapt our city to manage the mounting risks that sea-level rise and climate change pose to New York’s waterfront communities.’
The winner of Long Beach’s never-ending battle against nature seems all too obvious, at least at the southern end of Washington Boulevard: It’s the ocean.
Experimental economic redevelopment to address town’s flooding woes
New Jersey on Sept. 9 opened a second state offshore wind solicitation that could triple its committed capacity from 1.1 GW to 3.5 GW.
As part of Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper’s new awareness campaign for Scajaquada Creek – “Scajaquada September” – the organization held a press conference where they discussed a number of impressive goals, including reconnecting a wetland and floodplain.
Ørsted, East Hampton Town, and the East Hampton Town Trustees have reached agreement on the terms of a contract which would allow the installation and maintenance of the South Fork offshore wind farm’s export cable.
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced actions underway to mitigate the impacts of low water flows along the Salmon River during the upcoming salmon run that draws thousands of anglers each year.
A trio of New Jersey legislators who have promoted offshore wind energy development have called for suspending state approval of Ørsted’s Ocean Wind project, alleging the company has so far “failed to deliver” on its promises of new jobs and economic development in the state.
The city is fighting to protect an ordinance that would bar the Portland Pipeline Corp. from importing tar sands oil from Canada.
SACO - Every year since 1982, Joseph Kelley captured photos of the fastest deteriorating portion of Maine’s coast, located in Camp Ellis, for use in his work as a state marine geologist, and research and teaching at the University of Maine.
BELMAR, NJ — Belmar raked in more than $4.9 million in beach access revenues this season — selling nearly 105,000 more beach badges over the previous year.
In early September, the Coastal Resiliency Advisory Committee for Nantucket adopted September as Climate Change Awareness month, followed swiftly by a proclamation by Nantucket Select Board.
By some measures, Maine defied expectations that restrictions prompted by the coronavirus pandemic would doom small and seasonal businesses dependent on annual mobs of tourists.
A new report sets a timeline for Falmouth to make a historic retreat from its iconic Surf Drive coastal roadway in the face of sea level rise, flooding, and other impacts of climate change.
Japanese ‘ear-hanging’ processing techniques and equipment helping to build a micro-industry
Lobster War is an award-winning film about a climate-fueled conflict between the US and Canada over waters both countries have claimed since the end of the Revolutionary War. “Lobster War” is finally available online and on TV! The film is about how climate change has affected a centuries-old conflict between the US and Canada over some of the world’s richest fishing grounds. Stream it now at links provided here
ByDavid Abel, Director
Cobscook Shores, a new system of parks scattered along the coast of eastern Maine, will celebrate its grand opening on Memorial Day 2021.
After years of development, tidal and river energy supporters say the technology is on the cusp of wider commercial deployment, especially if it can win federal support.
As Yale’s researchers scan the globe to see the impacts of climate change, a new report out of the School of Public Health underscores a risk much closer to home.
In May of 1938, a Rhode Island high school sophomore by the name of Philip C. Greene wrote a poem that would later seem like a harbinger of the natural disaster that would befall so many New England communities like his in the months to follow.
The LIPA board of trustees on Wednesday will vote on whether to allow the authority to borrow up to $350 million as a "bridge" loan to cover the costs of restoration from Tropical Storm Isaias until the utility is reimbursed for the costs by the federal government.
Greater Portland Landmarks is hosting four virtual symposiums on climate change in Maine.
Hurricane Isaias stormed up the east coast of the United States in early August, bringing heavy rain and winds up to 85 mph to the shores of flood-prone Port Monmouth, New Jersey.
Barge-mounted excavators will start dredging the Gowanus Canal in mid-November, scooping out more than a century’s worth of contaminated sediment from the channel bed, the federal cleanup’s project manager said at a Tuesday meeting with local watchdogs of the project.
The Environmental Protection Agency has approved a new ocean dumping site for dredged material just off the Seacoast, after a years-long permitting process.
The Department of Housing paid exorbitant fees to a lender administrating the Shoreline Resiliency Loan Fund, part of Gov. Dannel Malloy’s Shore Up CT program created in 2014 to give homeowners and businesses low interest loans to upgrade their properties to withstand coastal storms in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.
Despite the threat climate change poses to longstanding Maine fisheries such as lobsters and softshell clams, and the harm it already has inflicted on northern shrimp and groundfish, there is one Maine fishery that has seen rapid growth in the past decade and is expected to continue expanding: oysters.
NANTUCKET – North Atlantic right whale advocacy group Oceana has called for the implementation of mandatory speed zones for vessels travelling in the Cape Cod and Islands area.
NEW BEDFORD — The prospect of a sharp increase in at-sea monitoring requirements for groundfishing vessels is pitting New England’s seafood providers against environmental advocates, and players from the Port of New Bedford are right in the middle of the discussions.
NORTH WILDWOOD — Mention the Wildwoods to many throughout New Jersey, and they are likely to think of a few indelible images: the Boardwalk, the rides and the wide, wide beaches.
A trio of Jersey Shore towns is set to undergo a new round of beach replenishment work.
BARNSTABLE – Researchers have nicknamed it The Blob, a lens of water on the bottom of Cape Cod Bay with unprecedentedly low levels of oxygen.
After years of concerns about the overfishing of some of New England’s iconic species, the regional body overseeing fishing issues on Wednesday adopted a divisive plan that could require monitors to accompany groundfishermen on all trips to sea.
One environmental advocate warns of a potential disaster: "With Superfund sites and climate change, we're playing Russian roulette with a loaded gun."
ELLSWORTH — With the National Oceanic Administration’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) under a fast approaching, court-imposed deadline to develop new whale protection rules, the Zone C Lobster Management Council held a special meeting last week to get an update on the situation from Department of Marine Resources Commissioner Patrick Keliher.