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New Interactive Maps of Water Quality in the Northeast

Posted on Jun 23, 2014

Northeast Ocean Data announces the release of easy-to-use interactive maps of water quality data for the northeastern states from New York to Maine. Based on data provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the maps display No Discharge Zones, impaired waters, and wastewater discharges. Also shown on the maps are boundaries of watersheds and subwatersheds in the region. To view the water quality maps, go to northeastoceandata.org/maps/water-quality. NO DISCHARGE ZONES Section 312 of the Clean Water Act authorizes states to establish No Discharge Zones where the...

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Video – Guided Tour of Northeast Ocean Data Website and Maps

Posted on Jun 12, 2014

This video provides a guided tour of Northeast Ocean Data’s main components – interactive maps, downloadable data, and external data sources. The four-minute tour includes a demonstration of the interactive maps, using the Maritime Commerce maps as an example. The video is also available at this link: http://northeastoceandata.org/about/guided-tour.

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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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