Public Webinar on Marine Life Characterization Project

Posted on Aug 8, 2014

  On August 27, 2014, the Northeast Regional Planning Body (RPB) will present a public webinar about the Marine Life Characterization project. A team led by scientists from Duke University and NOAA are coordinating development of spatial data products on marine mammals, sea turtles, birds, and fish. This effort will greatly expand the marine life data available on Northeast Ocean Data. A major workshop in June 2014 marked the beginning of this process. For more information about the Marine Life Characterization project, contact . To submit or suggest datasets, contact...

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Updated Map of Eelgrass Coverage in New England

Posted on Aug 4, 2014

We have updated Northeast Ocean Data’s map of eelgrass coverage with the most recent data available for Connecticut (2012), Rhode Island (2012), Massachusetts (2010, 2012, 2013), New Hampshire (2012), and Maine (2001-2010, 2013). Eelgrass is a plant that grows in shallow waters at many sites along the Northeast coast. Beds of eelgrass are vital sources of food and shelter for fish and invertebrates. The presence of eelgrass beds is an important consideration during ocean planning, natural resource conservation, and the permitting processes for many types of coastal and ocean uses....

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What Maps and Data Are We Currently Working On?

Posted on Jul 31, 2014

We often hear from Northeast Ocean Data users who want to find out what maps and datasets we are currently developing or updating, and when they will be released. To help provide this information, we have added an Upcoming Products page to the website. The Upcoming Products page describes some of the maps and data currently in development, along with their anticipated release dates. A contact person is listed for each upcoming product, and we encourage you to contact them with any questions that you might have about the products. As always, we also welcome suggestions about data sources and...

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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 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:

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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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