Northeast
Northeast
Federal

ME - NOAA To Test Electronic Monitoring In Herring Fishery

Federal fishing regulators are evaluating how to use electronic monitoring to help manage one of the largest fisheries on the East Coast.

Northeast
Local

FL - Broward County’s Water Academy educates officials about costs, complexities of maintaining clean environment (Opinion)

Wastewater disposal. Flood control. Sewage piping. Sea-level rise. These are topics Broward County elected officials need to master, so there’s a need for a crash course once taking office.

Northeast
Federal

ME - NOAA suspends Northeast fishing monitor requirement

An arm of the federal government is temporarily waiving the need for some fishing vessels to carry at-sea monitors.

Great Lakes
Waterways

NY - After Delay Over Water Levels, Shipping Season Opens On Lake Ontario

The shipping season on Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River is getting underway nearly two weeks later than industry stakeholders had hoped. The extra time was used by the International Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River Board to reduce water levels in the system in order to mitigate the chance of flooding later this year. Unprecedented water levels in 2017 and 2019 caused devastating flooding along the shoreline.

Northeast
Fisheries

MA - Fish aid 2 weeks away

$300 million part of $2.2 trillion congressional relief package

Northeast
Energy

When will the US get 1 GW of offshore wind on the grid?

NOW is concerned with the economic hardship imposed on secondary and tertiary U.S. suppliers due to the global spread of COVID-19.

Northeast
Fisheries

Ocean data portal maps show significant shifts by mid-Atlantic fish species

A series of interactive maps published on the Mid-Atlantic Ocean Data Portal illustrates the shifts that have taken place over the last five decades by several commercially and recreationally important fish species living along the East Coast.

Northeast
Fisheries

Canada - Fate of spring lobster fishery up in the air

Pierre LeBlanc needs to decide by Friday whether he’ll bring in dozens of temporary foreign workers.

Northeast
Waterways

NY - Dredgers Make Way for USNS Comfort in New York

Dredgers are expediting operations in New York to make way for the U.S. Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort, which will dock in the epicenter of America's COVID-19 outbreak to assist hospitals that become overrun by the pandemic.

Northeast
Waterways

NY - Manhattan Cruise Terminal to Host Hospital Ship

Manhattan Cruise Terminal and Pier 90 are set to play host to the USNS Comfort hospital ship, which is scheduled to arrive on Monday.

Northeast
Advocacy

ME - Whales face more fatal ship collisions as waters warm

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Climate change is imperiling the world’s largest animals by increasing the likelihood of fatal collisions between whales and big ships that ply the same waters.

Northeast
Fisheries

ME - Demand for Maine seafood plummets

For decades, lobster has been the symbol of Maine’s fishing industry, but at the moment the microscopic coronavirus is taking center stage.

Northeast
Property

NJ - Our view: Coastal scientists in Tuckerton show how to retreat from rising seas

Sea levels are rising as the world warms and coastal land in New Jersey sinks, increasing flooding and risk in coastal communities. Buildings and roads are being raised, ways to restrain back-bay waters are being studied, and programs are encouraging a very small number of retreats from places most at risk.

Northeast
Tourism

NJ Seaside Heights Mayor Closes All Beaches – Out Towners “Stay Out”

Mayor Anthony E. Vaz announced today that effective immediately the Seaside Heights ocean and bay beaches are closed until further notice.

Northeast
Local

RI - Block Islanders ordered to shelter in place

The town of New Shoreham has issued a shelter-in-place order for all of Block Island in response to the coronavirus, according to the tourism council.

Northeast
Science

CT - New research on the sand lance, 'a quintessential forage fish' for seabirds and marine mammals

A slender little fish called the sand lance plays a big role as "a quintessential forage fish" for puffins, terns and other seabirds, humpback whales, and other marine mammals, and even bigger fish such as Atlantic sturgeon, cod, and bluefin tuna in the Gulf of Maine and northwest Atlantic Ocean. But scientists say right now they know far too little about its biology and populations to inform relevant management, climate adaptation and conservation efforts.

Northeast
Local

NY - New York City’s First Senior Advisor for Environmental Justice Wants to Empower Communities

In February, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio appointed Adriana Espinoza — formerly the NYC program director for the League of Conservation Voters — as the city’s first senior advisor for environmental justice.

Northeast
Tourism

NJ - Get the hell off the beach: Seaside Heights shuts its own to visitors

SEASIDE HEIGHTS — If you want to get outside during the governor's stay-at-home order (which still allows for solo outside activity), one Shore town has taken itself off the list of possible destinations.

Northeast
Energy

NE - US offshore wind industry has ‘advanced rapidly,’ says BOEM chief

Power from offshore wind energy will become an important and growing part of the US power supply going forward, and the US BOEM is doing everything it can to support that market with greater regulatory transparency, flexibility, and predictability.

Northeast
Local

‘Stay on the mainland’: Tensions grow as affluent city dwellers fearing coronavirus retreat to second homes

In recent weeks, wealthy city dwellers hoping to escape the novel coronavirus have been fleeing to their second homes, exacerbating long-standing tensions between locals and summer residents. While those from out of town feel they have the right to use property they own and pay taxes on, year-round residents worry the new arrivals could be carrying the disease, and local hospitals aren’t equipped to handle an outbreak.

Northeast
Fisheries

ME - Maine closes elver fishery, requests federal assistance due to COVID-19 impacts

The U.S. state of Maine is requesting federal aid due to the ongoing impacts the COVID-19 outbreak is having on its fisheries.

Northeast
Engineering

CA - Beach Nourishment at Goleta Beach County Park

Due to recent rainfall and the increased chance of future storms, Santa Barbara County Public Works (Public Works) will begin sediment deposit operations at Goleta Beach. The sediment deposit will start as soon as Friday, March 20, 2020, and will continue as needed until facilities have been cleared.

Northeast
Fisheries

MA - After Complaint, Town To Regulate Weir Pole Storage On Harding's Beach

CHATHAM — It’s been a practice for about as long as anyone can remember, but because of a complaint to the state, the town is now regulating the storage of weir poles at the end of Harding’s Beach.

Northeast
Waterways

Oceana Says Ships Ignoring Voluntary Speed Zone

Environmental group Oceana has released the results of an analysis that it claims indicates ships are ignoring a voluntary speed zone in an area south of Nantucket designed to protect endangered North Atlantic right whales.

Northeast
Property

NY - Fire Island Homeowners Urged Not To Seek Beach House Isolation Amid Coronavirus Crisis

Officials on Fire Island are urging seasonal homeowners not to come to their beach homes to get away from more densely populated areas amid widespread calls for the public to practice social distancing.

Coastwide
Science

Early Look: 2020 Hurricane Season Might Be Above Average

Preliminary 2020 Atlantic hurricane season forecasts are suggesting an above average hurricane season .

Coastwide
Federal

NOAA - New Progress on Mapping U.S. Ocean, Coastal, Great Lakes Waters

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has released the first annual report on the progress made in mapping U.S. ocean, coastal and Great Lakes waters, the agency said in a release.

Northeast
Property

MA - Mapping the shore in Charlestown

An engineering survey is the first step as Charlestown mulls what to do with town-owned beach property. The results could reignite the always fierce debate about the right to public access to the shore vs. the rights of property owners.

Northeast
Fisheries

ME - DMR asks DMR to approve aquaculture lease

A three-year, four-acre experimental aquaculture lease to raise Atlantic salmon in Cutler Harbor was recently filed with the Department of Marine Resources.

Northeast
Waterways

NY - Interim flood protection anticipated for summer at Atlantic Basin

Two and half years have passed since the installation on Beard Street of the first phase of Red Hook’s interim flood protection measures (IFPMs). Delays that have plagued the second phase of the project – which will address vulnerabilities in northwestern Red Hook, near Atlantic Basin – are expected to come to an end this summer.

Northeast
Fisheries

RI - Oyster farm proliferation causing concern

Pending applications would add more than 13,000 new cages to Dutch Harbor

Northeast
Fisheries

NE - NMFS cod study underway on New England offshore wind area

The study is underway at a critical time for the future of the fledging U.S. offshore wind energy. In August 2019 the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management was compelled to hold up its environmental impact statement for the Vineyard Wind project off Massachusetts, after NMFS insisted more information was needed about potential effects on the marine environment and fisheries.

Northeast
Engineering

Dead Gate: Army Corps Sea Gates Project Suspended

The Army Corps of Engineers indefinitely postponed their scheduled Feb. 27 meeting after President Donald Trump’s administration’s proposed budget did not provide funding for the New York-New Jersey Harbor and Tributaries Coastal Storm Risk Management Feasibility Study.

Northeast
Property

RI - Tool projects flood-damage risks to coastal homes

The state Coastal Resources Management Council and the University of Rhode Island have released a smartphone app that allows property owners to estimate the amount of flood damage to their homes and businesses caused by a major storm.

Northeast
Fisheries

ME - Maine fishermen haul in $485 million catch, landings down overall

ROCKPORT — Maine lobstermen spent much of 2019 crying into their beer over a poor catch but by the end of the year, if they were crying at all, it was into a glass of Champagne.

Northeast
Advocacy

NJ - How a New Jersey woman is fighting back against sea-level rise

The lessons she's learned may resonate with others struggling with flooding.

Northeast
Advocacy

MA - Relocate Cape Cod Hospital, halt risky expansion - Opinion

Cape Cod Healthcare (CCHC) is in the final stages of planning a hospital campus expansion that brings important community assets closer to Hyannis Harbor and our rising seas. The sensible and vital, longer-term vision should be to relocate the entire hospital campus away from the waterfront to the existing CCHC 40-acre expansion site in Independence Park in Hyannis.

Northeast
Engineering

Boston - Climate Resiliency and Accessibility Dominate the Conversation at Harbor Garage Redevelopment Advisory Meeting

The Impact Advisory Group (IAG) for the Harbor Garage Redevelopment heard from the Chiofaro Company developers regarding their proposed project, Pinnacle at Central Wharf, as discussions for the controversial project continue.

Northeast
Waterways

Government of Canada unveils 2020 North Atlantic right whales protection measures

The endangered North Atlantic right whale is an iconic marine mammal, but with roughly 400 left in the world, the Government of Canada is doing its part to ensure its protection, conservation, and recovery.

Northeast
Advocacy

NJ - Dune-hating Jersey Shore town to poll residents on boardwalk

MARGATE, N.J. (AP) — Residents in a Jersey Shore town that hates its new sand dunes will get a chance to say whether they support building a boardwalk.

Northeast
Engineering

NJ - Pallone Announces Additional Beach Replenishment Projects for Jersey Shore

Added federal funding for work in Long Branch, Sea Bright and Monmouth Beach; critics question efficacy of the program

Northeast
Engineering

NY - Rep. Maloney Urges Reinstatement of Critical Coastal Resiliency Study

NEW YORK, NY– Responding to the indefinite suspension of a critical NYC coastal resiliency study, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) wrote a letter to Lieutenant General Todd T. Semonite, Chief of Engineers and Commanding General of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), urging the study’s immediate reinstatement.

Northeast
Property

NY - The Original Long Islanders Fight to Save Their Land From a Rising Sea

Shinnecock Indians are using nature-based solutions to calm the waves and restore the beaches that protect their lands.

Coastwide
Waterways

AI, AI, Captain! How the Mayflower Autonomous Ship will cross the Atlantic

While self-driving cars have hogged the headlines for the past few years, other forms of autonomous transport are gaining steam.

Northeast
Engineering

NY - Quogue residents wrestle with how to save their beach

Quogue Village residents are torn over how to address worsening erosion near their village beach, with suggested solutions ranging from letting nature take its course to a project that could raise some tax bills by an estimated $30,000 per year.

Northeast
Fisheries

Canada - Newfoundland fishery fascinates marine social scientist from Japan

A university professor from Japan is packing quite a lot into her yearlong sabbatical in Newfoundland, exploring how people in rural parts of the province continue to make a living from the fishery.

Northeast
Energy

RI - Wind-power developer opens 2nd R.I. office

Orsted U.S. Offshore Wind, builder of the nation’s first offshore wind farm off Block Island, sets up Providence hub as first stop for companies looking to do business with the Danish giant.

Northeast
Engineering

MA - Nourishment Project Protects Poppy Spit

The Popponesset Spit, an important barrier beach that divides Popponesset Bay from Nantucket Sound, will receive thousands of cubic yards of sand from an continuing dredging project, adding to a beach-nourishment project undertaken this past winter.

Northeast
Federal

RI - Sea Rise and Resiliency Strategies | Letter to the Editor

We read with much dismay, but not surprise, the news of how hundreds of freshwater sunfish washed up dead on Easton’s Beach last month.

Northeast
Federal

NY/NJ - Army corps shelves NJ barrier plan against Sandy-like storm surge after Trump criticism

When a proposal to build a giant sea wall to protect the region from the next Superstorm Sandy was unveiled in 2018, it was met with strong opposition by environmentalists and some local officials, who said it would destroy the ecology of North Jersey’s tidal rivers and redirect a potentially devastating storm surge to the Jersey Shore.

International
Energy

Plot Thickens Around Floating Offshore Wind Farm Mystery Tour

Why, it seems like only yesterday that US Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette told members of Congress to go ahead and slash many dollars from his renewable energy budget, since most of the good stuff is now available commercially. Hey, he might be on to something. Take the agency’s floating offshore wind program, for example. Not too long ago floating wind turbines were a dream, and now they are a thing. In fact, a “secret” group of US officials is bound for Scotland next week, where they will eyeball a new floating offshore wind farm, which happens to deploy technology developed by a US company with an assist from — you guessed it — the Energy Department.

Northeast
Advocacy

MA - Surfers speak up for more wave time

What do a 10-year old and an almost 80-year-old at Good Harbor Beach have in common?

Northeast
Local

RI - DEM Announces $3.33 Million in Green Economy Bond Funding to Help Communities, Local Groups Protect Open Space

DEM Announces $3.33 Million in Green Economy Bond Funding to Help Communities, Local Groups Protect Open Space Portsmouth Press

Northeast
Engineering

NY - Army Engineers Cite Lack of Funds in Suspension of Critical Coastal Storm Risk Management Study

“The federal government’s decision to abandon the Army Corps’ storm surge study is reckless, and it exposes our region to the ravages of the next superstorm,” City Comptroller Scott Stringer said

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