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Updates to Interactive Maps, Home Page, and Upcoming Products Page

Posted on May 7, 2015

Today we are releasing several revisions and updates to Northeast Ocean Data’s interactive maps and web pages: The Aquaculture map now shows aquaculture sites, shellfish management areas, Atlantic Surf Clam and Ocean Quahog Environmental Degradation Closures, and Food Safety Program Temporary Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP) Closures. The map previously named Energy is now called the Energy & Infrastructure map. It shows coastal energy facilities, electrical transmission lines and substations, submarine cables, and LNG sites, as well as planning areas for renewable energy. On...

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Centralized Source of Eelgrass Maps and Data for the Northeast

Posted on Mar 26, 2015

Northeast Ocean Data announces the release of a centralized source of eelgrass maps and data for the northeastern United States. Eelgrass (Zostera marina) is a flowering underwater plant that provides food and shelter for a great variety of commercially and recreationally important fish and shellfish and their prey. The presence of eelgrass is an important consideration for a variety of coastal and ocean management activities. To assist with regional planning efforts, Northeast Ocean Data has compiled eelgrass data from state surveys into a single, centralized source. This is the first time...

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Energy Map Updated Following Lease Sale of Portions of the Massachusetts Wind Planning Area

Posted on Mar 11, 2015

Northeast Ocean Data’s interactive map of Renewable Energy Planning Areas has been updated to reflect the lease sale of portions of the Massachusetts Wind Energy Area. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) conducted a competitive auction for leases on January 29, 2015. RES America Developments, Inc., and Offshore MW LLC were the provisional winners of Lease Area OCS-A 0500 (187,523 acres) and OCS-A 0501 (166,886 acres), respectively, nearly doubling the acreage leased for wind energy through competitive...

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Bathymetric Dataset Released for Vicinity of New York and New Jersey

Posted on Feb 27, 2015

Now available on the Multibeam Sonar Surveys page is a dataset covering areas around New York and New Jersey. The areas in the newly released dataset are shown in orange on the map (right), while green indicates other multibeam sonar surveys available for download. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) conducted the survey in 2012 in response to Hurricane Sandy and the subsequent closure of New York harbor and approaches. To access the dataset, select “NY Harbor and Approaches” in the survey...

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Updates and Additions to the Bathymetry Data Pages

Posted on Jan 15, 2015

Northeast Ocean Data announces updates and additions to its bathymetry data pages, which provide a centralized source of maps, data, and information on water depth and seafloor terrain in the northeastern United States. Bathymetry data are used for maritime safety, ocean planning, renewable energy development, scientific research, and fisheries management. NOAA PLANNED HYDROGRAPHIC SURVEYS The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office of Coast Survey, Hydrographic Surveys Division provides information about planned surveys, which are tentative and subject to change...

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New Regional Map of Coastal Historic Sites

Posted on Dec 16, 2014

Northeast Ocean Data announces the release of a new interactive map of data from the National Register of Historic Places. The map shows historically and culturally significant sites within ten kilometers of the coastline in Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and New York. The National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) was established by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966. The NRHP database is a listing of buildings, objects, properties, and districts that have significance in American history or culture and are noteworthy for preservation. Northeast Ocean Data developed this...

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