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New and Updated Data on Shipping Activity and Shellfish Habitat

Posted on Mar 12, 2014

The Northeast Ocean Data Working Group announces the release of new and updated data on commercial vessel activity, bird habitat and nesting sites, marine mammal habitat, and shellfish habitat. 2012 SHIPPING ACTIVITY Data on commercial vessel activity are now available for 2012, adding to the data for 2011 that were released last fall. The maps show traffic density for four categories of vessels: cargo, passenger, tug and tow, and tanker. A fifth dataset shows traffic of all four vessel categories on a single map. The datasets are derived from Automatic Identification System (AIS) data. AIS...

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Northeast Ocean Data Releases Maps of Commercial Fishing Activity

Posted on Jan 27, 2014

Commercial fishing plays a vital role in the Northeast’s economy and culture. Although fishing occurs across the entirety of the region’s ocean waters, each fishery focuses its activity on particular areas. As part of the regional ocean planning process, it is essential to clearly identify and map areas of importance to commercial fisheries. The Northeast Regional Ocean Council (NROC) in 2012 and 2013 conducted a Commercial Fisheries Spatial Characterization project to begin producing accurate fishery maps for ocean planning. The project team held more than 50 meetings with fishermen,...

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Updated Maps of Ocean Energy Resources, Projects, and Infrastructure

Posted on Jan 27, 2014

There has been increased interest in using the ocean for energy generation and distribution, including for new facilities harnessing energy from ocean currents and offshore wind. In response, Northeast Ocean Data is releasing new interactive maps of offshore wind and tidal energy resources; project and planning areas; and existing infrastructure such as transmission lines and coastal energy facilities. This information is intended to support regional ocean planning related to ocean energy. We developed the datasets and maps in consultation with the energy industry and related government...

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Upgrades to Northeast Ocean Data’s Interactive Maps

Posted on Dec 9, 2013

Northeast Ocean Data has overhauled the user interface for its interactive maps, adding new features and making the maps even simpler to use. The purpose of Northeast Ocean Data’s interactive maps is to make it easier to view key types of data on the ocean environment and human uses of the ocean. Each map focuses on a theme: maritime commerce, recreation, aquaculture, fish and shellfish, marine mammals and sea turtles, or other marine life. Bigger maps: The maps now fill the entire width of the web browser window. Map selection menu: Switching among different maps is fast and easy with...

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Reader-friendly Data Descriptions Added to Viewer

Posted on Oct 31, 2013

Northeast Ocean Data contains a wide variety of mappable data from anchorages to zooplankton. To make it quick and easy to understand the data, we’ve added new and improved, brief descriptions of all datasets. The descriptions tell in plain language what the maps show for each dataset, and they highlight key information about the data and its sources. More detailed, technical information is also still available in the full metadata. To find data descriptions in the Northeast Ocean Data Viewer, click the page icon next to a map layer name. Soon the data descriptions will also be added the...

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New Data on Shipping Activity, Boating, Energy Infrastructure, and Navigation

Posted on Sep 18, 2013

Now available in the Northeast Ocean Data Viewer are eleven new datasets on commercial vessel activity, recreational boating, energy transmission infrastructure, and navigation areas. SHIPPING ACTIVITY Five datasets on commercial vessel traffic are derived from Automatic Identification System (AIS) data collected in 2011. The maps show vessel traffic density in four categories of vessels: cargo, passenger, tug and tow, and tanker. The fifth dataset shows traffic of all vessel types on a single map. (courtesy of the MarineCadastre.gov) All Vessels image preview | live...

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