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Fisheries

ME - Maine granted intervenor status in lawsuit challenging federal lobster regulations

On December 30 Gov. Janet Mills’ administration announced Maine’s Department of Marine Resources (DMR) has been granted intervenor status in Maine Lobstermen’s Association v. National Marine Fisheries Service.

Northeast
Aquaculture

ME - As Maine's climate changes, scallop farming offers optimism

Automation technology and farming techniques borrowed from more mature scallop fisheries as far away as Japan are giving some seafood harvesters a glimpse of a potentially profitable future.

Northeast
Science

MA - New England is warming faster than the rest of the planet, new study finds

New England is warming significantly faster than global average temperatures, and that rate is expected to accelerate as more greenhouse gases are pumped into the atmosphere and dangerous feedback loops contribute to climate change, according to a new study.

Northeast
Engineering

NY - Governor Hochul Announces Completion of Phase II of State’s $15 Million Regional Dredging Project

Completion of Dredging at 20 Projects Across Eight Counties to Increase Resiliency and Sustain Recreation. Phase III of Project Scheduled to Be Completed in 2022. Part of State’s $300 Million Resiliency and Economic Development Initiative (‘REDI’)

Northeast
Advocacy

MA - The Tragic Consequences of Climate Change

In terms of climate change, 2021 was a chaotic and destructive year with almost constant record-breaking extreme weather events. The heat wave in western Canada last summer exceeded what models predicted as possible this soon. It was 121.3 degrees Fahrenheit in Lytton, British Columbia, on June 29.

Northeast
Science

MA - Solving a mystery: How researchers found missing North Atlantic right whales

Until recently, researchers tracking the well-being of the world's most endangered great whale could count on North Atlantic right whales showing up in several key areas at certain times of the year seeking food, love, or a safe place to give birth.

Northeast
Energy

MA - Texas public policy foundation brings fishermen's lawsuit against Vineyard Wind

The federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has so prioritized offshore wind energy development that it is bypassing real environmental review and failing to consider alternative sites that won’t harm the commercial fishing industry, charges a lawsuit brought by the Texas Public Policy Foundation.

Northeast
Energy

USA - FEATURE: Burgeoning US offshore wind industry will hit important milestones in 2022

With more than 30 GW of offshore wind power capacity under development along the US East Coast, power market participants are paying close attention to when these projects will begin delivering power into the regional markets, with several milestones expected in 2022.

Northeast
Engineering

MA - Lewes hires coastal consultant Tony Pratt to analyze beach erosion

The City of Lewes has hired former Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control Shoreline and Waterway Management Administrator Tony Pratt to analyze and advocate on behalf of the city regarding chronic beach erosion issues.

Northeast
Engineering

NJ - No federal beach work for North Wildwood until at least 2023

NORTH WILDWOOD — On a weekday afternoon, a dog and its owner work their way through a steady December wind sweeping across the beach in the troublesome northeast corner of Five Mile Beach.

Northeast
Fisheries

ME - NMFS adjusts Maine lobster restricted area boundary

A charting correction by NMFS officials shifts the boundary of the LMA 1 lobster restricted area to now include a 61-square mile sliver of water in LMA 3, subject to the closure order through Jan. 31, 2021.

Northeast
Engineering

DE - Beach Nourishment Projects Set for Pickering Beach, Kitts Hummock, Bowers, South Bowers, and Slaughter Beach

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) Shoreline and Waterway Management Section is set to begin beach nourishment work in the Pickering Beach, Kitts Hummock, Bowers, South Bowers, and Slaughter Beach communities in early January 2022.

Northeast
Energy

MA - 'We all ... have a stake in it': Finding common ground for Mass. fishermen, wind industry

The SouthCoast has powered Massachusetts for what seems like forever. While the whaling port was not developed until the mid-17th century, the height of the industry attracted people from all over, for a job whose only pre-existing requirement was facing the largest mammal on the planet.

Northeast
Advocacy

ME - Maine marks one year of ambitious climate plan with $25M in new local grant programs

One year into Maine’s Climate Action Plan, officials are launching new programs to help towns cut carbon emissions and adapt to the effects of warming temperatures.

Northeast
Engineering

MA - SBPF agrees to dump more sand on geotubes, pay $62000 to consultant

The Sconset Beach Preservation Fund has agreed to pour an estimated 20,000 cubic yards of sand onto the geotube project at the foot of the Sconset Bluff this winter, in a move they hope will be a step towards finding a way forward in the ongoing battle over that project.

Northeast
Engineering

RI - Debate over federal funds, repairs not quite simple as Rose Nulman Park owners threaten to shut public access

NARRGANSETT, R.I. — The administrators of a privately-owned 4.5-acre scenic area providing public oceanfront access for decades are threatening to close the property unless public officials give them millions of dollars to fix what they say is erosion damage.

Northeast
Waterways

CT - Connecticut Port Authority obtains final permit for State Pier work

New London — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers this week issued a key federal permit authorizing long-awaited work to commence at State Pier in New London.

Northeast
Engineering

NY - Comprehensive Waterfront Plan charts the course for the future of New York City

Latest edition of the plan advances a 10-year vision for an equitable, resilient, and healthy waterfront across the five boroughs.Department of City Planning (DCP) Director Anita Laremont announced on Sunday the release of the Comprehensive Waterfront Plan, a document that puts forth a broad, 10-year vision for New York City’s 520 miles of waterfront and potential strategies to provide more equitable access to all the waterfront has to offer — such as parks, jobs, and affordable and resilient places to live.

Northeast
Engineering

NY - Army Corps’ Fire Island To Montauk Point Project Kicks Off

Leaders from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ New York District gathered at the Fire Island Lighthouse on Dec. 17 for an official ceremony kicking off construction on the $1.7 billion Fire Island to Montauk Point (FIMP) coastal-storm risk-management project, which has been in the works for several decades.

Northeast
Fisheries

New England - Scallop prices soar

The Christmas season demand for fresh seafood is giving another jolt to Atlantic sea scallop prices, with $37 to $38 prices reported for U12 product in Massachusetts and New Jersey ports this week.

Northeast
Engineering

NY - Seawall: Rising seas lead to New York's latest engineering feat

Climate change and global warming mean rising sea levels, which in turn threaten coastal cities across the globe that will face a renewed struggle with the seas they harbor.

Northeast
Science

NH - Banned decades ago, PCBs still posing threat to wildlife

HOLDERNESS, N.H. (AP) — Navigating her boat toward a wooden platform floating in an idyllic New Hampshire lake where “On Golden Pond” was filmed, biologist Tiffany Grade spotted what she had feared.

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Waterways

NJ - Newark port project named finalist, in contention for up to $100M in federal funding

Smart Port Regional Growth Cluster project, led by city and NJIT, advances to next round of $1B Build Back Better Regional Challenge

Northeast
Science

USA - Great white shark ‘landmark’ study: North Atlantic researchers examine movement patterns of 48 sharks

Shark researchers have a deep understanding of the great white shark’s complex life along the Atlantic coast after analyzing the movement patterns of 48 white sharks tagged off Massachusetts and in other spots up and down the east coast.

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