December 16, 2016 

NOAA Fisheries Releases 

Northeast Regional Climate Action Plan

Today, NOAA Fisheries released five Regional Action Plans to guide implementation of the NOAA Fisheries Climate Science Strategy, including a plan for the northeast.

Ocean waters off the Northeastern U.S. are among the fastest warming in the world. Marine life from plankton to the largest whales is affected as habitats, food webs, water temperatures, wind patterns and a variety of ecosystem components respond to a changing climate.

The Northeast Regional Climate Action Plan plan addresses the Northeast U.S. Shelf Ecosystem, which extends from North Carolina to Maine, and from the headwaters of watersheds to the deep ocean. It was developed jointly by the Northeast Fisheries Science Center and the Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office with input from a number of partners and the public.Its goal is to provide timely and relevant information on what’s changing, what’s at risk, and how to respond.

We believe this plan is a critical step toward meeting the growing demand for information to better prepare for and respond to climate-related impacts on living marine resources and resource-dependent communities.

Find out more about the action plans.

Questions? Contact Shelley Dawicki at








December 12, 2016

National Ocean Council Certifies 
First-in-Nation Northeast Ocean Plan
The Northeast Regional Planning Body has announced that the National Ocean Council has certified the first-in-the-nation Northeast Ocean Plan.
The Plan was developed following several years of public engagement, scientific study and data analysis, and collaboration, along with significant feedback from the general public and stakeholders interested in the future of New England’s ocean and its resources. The Plan will promote more informed and coordinated ocean management among government agencies, transparency to the public, and predictability for industry.
For more background information about the Plan, please go to the About or Projects pages.
Also, be sure to visit the Northeast Ocean Data Portal, a website that provides access to data, interactive maps, tools, and other information about ocean resources in the northeast.
Questions? Contact Betsy Nicholson at 617-869-9148,, or Chris Boelke at 978-281-9131,



How Fishermen, Seafood Dealers, and the Public Can Get News from NOAA Fisheries’ Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office
Whether you are commercial fisherman, recreational fisherman, seafood dealer, or a member of the general public, they have a number of ways to keep you updated about fisheries, protected species, habitats, and many other marine issues in our region. They also have information on the best ways to contact. Check out their Information Page and Contact Us page to stay in touch!

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