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Posted on August 2, 2013 - 2:37pm, by SeaPlan

By Dave Kellam, SeaPlan Communications Manager, dkellam [at] seaplan.org

This week, SeaPlan’s office erupted with activity when the news broke that the first U.S. federal offshore wind energy lease auction was completed. The auction was for the Rhode Island/ Massachusetts Wind Energy Area (WEA) and is one of several auctions scheduled in the coming months on the East Coast. Now that a leasing process has been established, a new chapter in ocean planning can begin — one that can include integrated ocean management principles that are often debated, but too rarely applied.  

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Posted on December 10, 2012 - 4:45am, by SeaPlan

By Dave Kellam, SeaPlan Communications Manager, dkellam [at] seaplan.org

Around the office we call it swag: the pens, water bottles and mugs emblazoned with the SeaPlan logo. At first, these familiar marketing tools of the business world may seem out of place at a nonprofit, but promotional materials can help any organization achieve its goals.  

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Posted on October 30, 2012 - 12:32pm, by SeaPlan

By Dave Kellam, SeaPlan Communications Manager, dkellam [at] seaplan.org

Once a month for the next five years Captain Rodman Sykes and the crew of the Virginia Marise will be hauling in trawling nets full of fish three miles off the southeast coast of Block Island, RI. The catch is not destined for market, however. Instead, the fish are part of an assessment that promises to be a model for understanding the true impacts on commercial and recreational fisheries from the construction and operation of offshore wind farms.

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Posted on September 21, 2012 - 4:18pm, by SeaPlan

By Dave Kellam, SeaPlan Communications Manager, dkellam [at] seaplan.org

Kids quake in their beds with covers over their heads because their parents told them the Boogeyman will take them away if they don’t go to sleep. That fear of an unknown menace sticks with people and it can be a big challenge to overcome. Even in ocean planning.

This summer SeaPlan designed and conducted an extensive ocean use characterization study of recreational saltwater boaters from Maine to New York. The goal was to collect scientifically sound spatial data on recreational boating activity and estimate the economic impact of recreational boating in the region.  The impetus for the work was a data gap identified by the Northeast Regional Ocean Council, but leaders in the boating industry also recognized the need for science-based, stakeholder-informed data. 

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