News and Updates
"Mr. James is on a mission: to document trash—particularly the gear he finds from oyster operations in Tomales Bay, with the hope that it will affect a change in the way some do business. He posts photographs and videos of the debris to his blog, The Coastodian. He said he has found thousands of zip ties and hundreds of bags, often deeply submerged in the mudflats or embedded in saltgrass or pickleweed, and much of it comes from Tomales Bay Oyster Company.
State and federal agencies are taking notice of his work. The oyster company was fined by the enforcement arm of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration for what was deemed an illegal structure in Tomales Bay, near the mouth of Walker Creek. Last month, the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary issued the company a permit to remove it. The company’s majority owner, Tod Friend, said that the California Department of Fish and Wildlife separately told him to stop erecting makeshift fences before storms around the same area."
"Recreational saltwater fishing contributes $208 million to the Rhode Island economy annually and supports 2,000 jobs, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
In addition to supporting tourism as an economic engine, saltwater recreational fishing adds greatly to our "quality of place" here in Rhode Island. It helps keep lifelong residents in the state and attracts talented people to live in the Ocean State. What is great about recreational saltwater fishing is that the resource is sustainable as long as we manage it as carefully as possible.
That is the challenge that will be addressed at the 2015 Southern New England Recreational Fishing Symposium, Tuesday at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Warwick."
"The Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management, SwAM, is taking a leading role in developing and coordinating the marine spatial plans for the Baltic Sea. The 2 million euro project “Baltic SCOPE” became a reality after the Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (DG MARE) gave the green light.
“We are very glad that the EU Commission has said ‘yes’ to this project,” says Björn Risinger, director general of SwAM. “Sweden borders the most countries in the Baltic Sea, so it is especially important for us to reach maximum consensus in the marine spatial planning process."
The Sandy Island/Oyster Bed Marine Protected Area (SIOBMPA) in Carriacou is in the process of restoring its yacht-mooring field, with funding assistance from the CARIBSAVE implemented C-Fish project. Seventeen (17) mooring systems are being installed around Sandy Island and a new mooring field will be established with five (5) moorings within the L’Esterre Bay, with the intention of encouraging visiting yachts to moor closer to the community, to support local economic and cultural activities.
The new MarineCadastre.gov National Viewer is live! Not only does the new viewer sport a fresh, new look, but we have added and enhanced some functionality. Find your data faster through the new search mechanism. Customize your viewing experience by adjusting the order and transparency of your layers. Adjust your map legend within your print view to tailor your map printing needs. View your map in ArcGIS.com to add additional map services and save your map. In addition, the viewer is now accessible via mobile devices.
"Their are plans to move forward with an effort to create a National Marine Sanctuary for the waters off the coastlines of San Luis Obispo and northern Santa Barbara Counties, following a federal rejection of the nomination earlier this month.
The Northern Chumash Tribal Council would like to preserve the area sandwiched between the Monterey Bay and Channel Islands sanctuaries. The proposed area would be called the Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary."
Via Marianas Variety
"The Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council concluded the first day of its three-day meeting in Honolulu on Monday with a suite of recommendations to improve five fishery ecosystem plans used to regulate federally managed fisheries in Hawai`i, American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and remote U.S. Pacific island possessions."
Via The Guardian
"The UK is to establish the world’s largest continuous marine reserve in waters around the Pitcairn Islands in the Pacific, the government has said.
While not mentioned in chancellor George Osborne’s speech, the budget published on Wednesday confirms that the government will go ahead with designating the ocean around Pitcairn – famous partly as the island where the mutineers of the Bounty settled – as a marine protected area (MPA).
The zone is expected to ban commercial fishing, and will cover a 834,000 sq km (322,000 square miles) area where previous expeditions have found more than 80 species of fish, coral and algae."
"Thousands of photos and videos of the seafloor and coastline—most areas never seen before—are now available and easily accessible online. This is critical for coastal managers to make important decisions, ranging from protecting habitats to understanding hazards and managing land use.
Imagery is available through the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Coastal and Marine Geology Video and Photograph Portal.
This USGS portal is unique, due to the sheer quantity and quality of data presented. It is the largest database of its kind, providing detailed and fine-scale representations of the coast. The "geospatial context" is also unique, with maps displaying imagery in the exact location where it was recorded."