"People protect what they love"
- Jacques Cousteau
This represents the second in a series of blogs by the American Littoral Society to help empower our members and fellow citizens of the coast to stand in opposition to the proposal made by Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke for the 2019-2024 National Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program (National OCS Program). The proposal calls for the largest sellout of offshore oil and gas in U.S. history. We encourage you to visit our first blog to learn more about what the plan proposes, what’s at risk, and how can you get involved.
There is little doubt that the love affair between people and the coast is undying. Generation after generation, residents and visitors alike, have come together and spent countless hours enjoying our nation’s beaches. Whether it is to fish, swim, or boat – citizens flock to the coast, visiting businesses and attractions along our shores. It’s an affection that comes easy to most, which makes it even more vital that we come together to fight to protect what we love: the ocean.
We hope you will join us for the Mid-Atlantic Regional Planning Body’s (Mid-Atlantic RPB) first webinar of 2018 which will focus on next steps toward designating Ecologically Rich Areas (ERAs) in the Mid-Atlantic ocean.
Knowing where these special ecological places exist is crucial, now more than ever, to ensure informed decision making about future uses in our Mid-Atlantic ocean, as well as strengthening the ways we can protect the ocean and coast now.
What is the National Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program and how will it affect you?
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This represents the first in a series of blogs developed by the American Littoral Society, meant to help empower our members and fellow citizens of the coast to stand up in opposition of the recent proposal made by Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke for the 2019-2024 National Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program.
Looking for a quick way to engage? Sign our petition to Secretary Zinke opposing new offshore drilling along the U.S. coastline.
On January 4, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced a new proposal for the 2019-2024 National Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program (National OCS Program), calling for the largest sell-off of offshore oil and gas in U.S. history. This post outlines the next steps in this proposal process, dives deeper into what is proposed, and analyzes the potential impacts on our ocean and coasts, as well as the coastal communities that rely on them for jobs and money.
It is with a heavy heart that we relay the sad news that on January 17, 2018, Capt. Alan H. Anderson of Narragansett, RI passed into the next life. Besides being one of the finest and most dedicated members of the Society, Capt. Al was the Society’s most prolific fish tagger and former skipper of the charter boat Prowler.
A Jerseyite at heart, Capt. Al was born on Sept. 27, 1938 in Fords, NJ. He was the son of the late Arthur and Isabelle Anderson. Capt. Al credited his mother’s passion for fishing with igniting and feeding his own life-long love of the sport.
National parks will remain open despite the shutdown of the federal government and Saturday's American Littoral Society Seal and Waterfowl Walk will be held as scheduled at 10 a.m. on Saturday, January 20.
Stalled budget negotiations resulted in a federal government shutdown at midnight on Friday, January 19. However, the shutdown will not affect Gateway National Recreation Area -- which includes Sandy Hook -- and other federal parks.
We regret any confusion this uncertainty may have caused.
Join us on Thursday, Feb. 8, to learn about how the American Littoral Society, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Princeton Hydro, Georgian Court University, and other partners have teamed up to combat polluted stormwater in Ocean County Park.
The event will be held from 5:30-7 p.m. in the Little Theater at Georgian Court University, 900 Lakewood Ave., Lakewood, NJ 08701. The theater is in Jeffries Hall (which is at 2a on the linked map).
In an unprecedented move, the Trump administration unveiled a proposal Thursday which could expose the entire US coast to economic and environment catastrophe by permitting drilling in virtually all U.S. continental shelf waters, including protected areas of the Arctic and the Atlantic.
"This is a radical plan that will increase the risk of disasters in all US coastal areas," said Tim Dillingham, Executive Director of the American Littoral Society, which is based on Sandy Hook, NJ. "Only a few years ago, common sense and bipartisan opposition ended a plan to open the Atlantic to drilling. Now, despite objections from even the US military, the Trump administration is jeopardizing millions of jobs and economies that contribute billions to the US GDP with a plan to not only offer leases in the Atlantic, but also open the Arctic and Pacific coast to drilling."
Bring your binoculars and join us on a trek through Sandy Hook to observe the seals and waterfowl that overwinter in New Jersey. Seal and winter waterfowl walks are scheduled for 10 a.m. on the following days: Saturday, January 20, Thursday, February 15, Saturday, February 24, Wednesday, Feb. 28.
Meet for the excursion at American Littoral Society headquarters, which is Building 18 on Officer's Row in the Fort Hancock section of Gateway National Recreation Area's Sandy Hook unit. If navigating by GPS, use 18 Hartshorne Drive, Highlands, NJ. From there participants will car caravan to multiple locations on Sandy Hook Unit.
What's the best way to ring in the New Year? With a nature walk on the beach.
Join the American Littoral Society at Sandy Hook, NJ or Ft. Tilden, NY on Monday, January 1 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for a brisk hike along the beach, dunes and woods to welcome in the New Year.
December 7 marks the one-year anniversary for the Mid-Atlantic Ocean Action Plan.
Demands to use the ocean and its natural resources are rapidly expanding. Offshore shipping traffic is increasing, demand for ocean mining is growing, plans for large offshore wind energy projects are becoming a reality, and our region’s government agencies are making big decisions that will greatly impact the health of our waters and coasts for decades to come.
At the American Littoral Society, protecting the ocean and coast from harm is central to our mission and we believe that careful, coordinated ocean planning is a useful tool to help sustain the ocean in light of these increasing demands.
To mark this occasion, we at the Littoral Society are looking back on what has happened during the first year of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Ocean Action Plan.