Thursday, July 28, 2011

NOAA approves plan for offshore energy development, job creation and ocean stewardship Rhode Iceland

Thursday, July 28, 2011
22 July 2011

NOAA Administrator Jane Lubchenco, PhD. joined Rhode Iceland Governor Lincoln Chafee, U.S. Ocean today Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and other national and State leaders to the groundbreaking Rhode Iceland special area management plan (Ocean SAMP) recognize. This new, innovative ocean management plan improved State reviewed and guidelines for the development of offshore projects facilitate, which could result in that the creation of hundreds of wind energy jobs and balance energy development with transport, fisheries, recreation and environmental responsibility along State coast and adjacent waters of the Federal Republic.

"Through the development of this plan, Rhode Iceland as a national leader in the management of coastal and ocean management arose", said Lubchenco, recognize the leaders at the coast of Narragansett Bay today State of plan approval joined. "This plan all ocean account used for the growth of commercial, recreational and ecological objectives." "This plan is presented to President Obama what in the national policy in the ocean, and it is a good example for other coastal States."

Ocean SAMP area extends over some 1,467 square miles across parts of block Iceland Sund, Rhode Iceland sound and the Atlantic Ocean. It was developed grant program coastal resources management Council in the course of two years of Rhode Iceland with support from the University of Rhode Iceland, Rhode Iceland sea and Roger Williams University, along with significant input from many other State, federal, tribal, and local agencies, and other interested parties and the public.

NOAA consent of State Ocean SAMP on coastal zone management will Rhode Iceland the first State to a comprehensive ocean special area management plan included in its coastal zone management program. This approval means that enforceable policy in the ocean of SAMP for the protection of existing activities such as fishing, important habitats and archaeological resources and identify areas for energy projects, Federal Republic can be applied to actions in federal waters.

"Once again, the ocean State leads that help to create nation in establishing a plan for the use of marine resources and preserve jobs, renewable energy, build our State and continue to preserve historic fishing, transport, recreation and other uses of the ocean, Rhode Islanders so treasure", Governor Chafee said. "This plan is our state its 15 percent reach renewable energy target and this drive tourism protect our continue to assist coastal regions."

By using the best available science, Ocean SAMP offers a comprehensive understanding of Rhode Iceland complex and rich ecosystems. It covers topics including renewable energy and other offshore development, marine transport and infrastructure, cultural and historical resources and global climate change. To view the ocean SAMP, please visit:

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