The Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean (MARCO) recently developed a list of high-priority data necessary for spatial planning. The list of unmet data needs include important coastal bird habitat and commercial fishing catch and effort information. You may view the full list of unmet data needs at http://portal.midatlanticocean.org/explore/needs.
News and Updates
"One month after the While House issued strategies that would coordinate management of the country’s oceans, West Coast interests are preparing to interpret the National Ocean Policy Implementation Plan.
The Plan could have big effects on Oregon’s fishing, environmental tourism and wave energy industries. The idea is that several ocean interests will come together to craft ocean management policies."
Via the Bermuda Sun
"On Monday, 13th May, 2013 Government Ministers met with representatives of the Pew Environment Group’s Ocean Legacy Fund to discuss a proposal to establish a Marine Protected Area within Bermuda’s Exclusive Economic Zone."
Capitol Hill Ocean Week (CHOW) 2013, hosted by the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, is coming up! You may read the full agenda (subject to change) in the attached PDF below, or on the web at http://nmsfocean.org/chow-2013-agenda.
Of particular interest in the event from 11 am to noon EDT on Thursday, June 6: Former Speaker pro Tempore, Fred Keeley of the California State Assembly will be moderating the panel, "Did you know? MPAs work and support a vibrant economy."
"The University of Maine unveiled the floating platform of VolturnUS, a one-of-a-kind offshore wind turbine that officials hope will shape the future of energy in Maine, during a ceremony Wednesday."
Via UK Parliament
"Following its recent Marine Science inquiry the Science and Technology Committee will hold the following evidence session on ‘Marine protected areas in the Southern Ocean’
Monday 13 May 2013
Committee Room 8, Palace of Westminster
At 4.30 pm