The Ocean Needs Your Voice
Learn more about the Action Plan being developed for the Mid-Atlantic Ocean at a Healthy Ocean workshop and Q&A session on Wednesday, Aug. 10 in Belmar, NJ.
The American Littoral Society and Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions (ANJEC) invite you to join us at the Beach Haus Brewery, 801 Main Street, Belmar, NJ for a free information session on the draft Mid-Atlantic Ocean Action Plan. The event will run from 7-8:30 p.m. Light refreshments and sign-in starts at 6:30 p.m. Seating is limited and reservations are required.
July 5, 2016
Sandy Hook, NJ -- The American Littoral Society applauds the release of a draft plan for use of the ocean in the Mid-Atlantic Region. However, release of this document is just the start of an effort to ensure that the final product contains strong protections for the region's ocean and coast.
Release of the draft Mid-Atlantic Ocean Action Plan launches a process that will include a period of public review and comment. A final version of the plan, which incorporates input from people in the region, is expected to be formally adopted this fall by the National Ocean Council.
"The Mid-Atlantic ocean faces increasing demands on its resources, space and ecology," said Tim Dillingham, Executive Director for the American Littoral Society. "We need a strategy that will protect marine life, as well as the traditional uses and clean water economies on which our coastal communities depend. This Ocean Action Plan can be a tool to reach those goals, and we will be reviewing it and the commitments of implementing agencies, to make sure it is a blueprint that reflects the public's goals for ocean protection."
The 60-day public comment period is open through September 6, 2016. Other opportunities for public input include a series of open houses at each of the state in the Mid-Atlantic region.
"Today's release of the Ocean Action Plan is a statement that our region's decision-makers want to do right by our ocean and coastal ecosystems," said Sarah Winter Whelan, Ocean Policy Program Director for the Littoral Society. "Now it is our turn. The Draft Plan needs us, the public, to weigh in and make sure it protects our ocean and coasts."
In addition to the public meetings, there will be a free public webinar at which people can learn more about the draft plan. That event is scheduled for Mon. July 11 at 11 a.m. Click here to register for the webinar.
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