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Welcome to CZ-Mail, the monthly email update from the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM). This update provides information on major CZM initiatives, available tools and publications, upcoming workshops and events, grants, contracting opportunities, job openings, coastal legislation, and other news of interest to people working on coastal issues. More information about CZM's programs, publications, and other coastal topics can be found online at http://www.mass.gov/czm/. If you have suggestions on how to make CZ-Mail more useful, would like to add your name to the mailing list, or would like to have your name removed, please email your request to CZ-Mail@state.ma.us.
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Ellen Roy Herzfelder Becomes Ninth Secretary of Environmental Affairs
Ellen Roy Herzfelder became the ninth Secretary of Environmental Affairs, and quickly set out to assess the organizational structure and funding requirements of the agencies under her direction. "The mission of this agency is extremely important," the Secretary remarked, "which makes it that much more imperative that we deliver services efficiently and without duplication." Roy Herzfelder has brought on Stephen Pritchard to serve as Chief of Operations, former Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) veteran Gary Moran as Chief of Staff, and Katie Cahill as Press Secretary. As we welcome these new additions to the EOEA team, we bid farewell to Chuck Anastas and Doug Pizzi and thank them for all their service to the environment, and to coastal issues in particular.
25th Anniversary of the Blizzard of '78
The Blizzard of '78 was also an initiation for Joe Pelczarski, CZM's
emergency management expert, who performed his first storm damage assessments
as a rookie with the Division of Marine Fisheries. At that time, no Storm Team
existed to evaluate damage, so Joe and some of his colleagues were called to
do the job. Joe covered the coast from Gloucester to Saugus, taking photos and
recording what he saw. Here are some of Joe's reflections on the Blizzard
that blew us away: "On the evening of February 6, the tide rose above 13.6
in Boston, staying at flood levels for two hours and peaking at 14.7 feet. The
next morning's tide (many remarked to me that it seemed like the tide never
went out) rose above the 13.6 level at 9 in the morning and peaked at 15.2 at
11 am. The tide did not recede below the 13.6 line until after noontime. There
were three additional hours of flooding, three additional hours of battering
waves combined with blinding snow, blizzard conditions, and a water temperature
of 35 degrees."
NOAA Seeks Comments on Strategic Plan
Community-Based Restoration Grants - NOAA's Restoration Center, in cooperation with national and regional partners, funds proposals for local, grassroots habitat
restoration projects. For a complete grant listing see http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/habitat/restoration/funding.html.
The following grants are currently available:
Gulf of Maine Implementation Grants - This winter, the Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment will be requesting applications for Implementation Grants. These grants fund local initiatives in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia that support the Council's priority goals of protecting and restoring coastal and marine habitat, protecting human health and ecosystem integrity, and encouraging sustainable maritime activities. Stay posted to the CZM website at http://www.mass.gov/czm/jobsandgrants.htm for the grant announcement.
Bulk Copies of the Gulf of Maine Times Available for Distribution - If you would like to serve as a distribution point for the Gulf of Maine Times, a free, 12-page quarterly newspaper on environmental issues facing the coastal region from Massachusetts through Nova Scotia, please email your request to the editor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Pew Oceans Commission Fisheries Publications - The Pew Oceans Commission has released the following three publications on fisheries issues. Managing Marine Fisheries in the United States provides recommended fishery management reforms from 13 scientists, economists, and fishery experts. A Dialogue on America's Fisheries includes recommendations on fisheries management from fishermen who spoke at Commission meetings from Maine to Alaska. Socioeconomic Perspectives on Marine Fisheries in the United States finds that improving fishery management has the potential to more than double current catches, restoring and creating tens of thousands of family wage jobs. To access these documents, see http://www.pewoceans.org/articles/2003/01/13/pr_31402.asp.
The Pew Oceans Commission Marine Reserve Publication - Marine Reserves: A Tool for Ecosystem Management and Conservation, which was prepared for the Pew Oceans Commission by Dr. Stephen Palumbi of Stanford University, finds that marine reserves are an effective tool for restoring and maintaining coastal and marine habitats. For a copy, see http://www.pewoceans.org/oceanfacts/2003/01/13/fact_31395.asp.
Ocean Conservancy Publication on Marine Protected Areas in the Gulf of Maine - Marine and Coastal Protected Areas in the U.S. Gulf of Maine Region assesses more than 300 protected areas on state and federal coastal lands and in the waters off Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire. The areas are described and mapped, then analyzed for their management objectives, specific protections afforded, and effectiveness in long-term conservation of marine biodiversity. Access the report online at http://www.oceanconservancy.org/dynamic/aboutUs/publications/publications.htm.
Online Course on Whales for Recreational Boaters - The International Wildlife Coalition, the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, and the Dolphin Trust developed "See A Spout, Watch Out!" This web-based program for recreational boaters includes a brief slide show that offers five tips to encourage safe and responsible boating in the vicinity of whales. See http://www.iwc.org/spout/index2.htm to participate.
Other CZM Publications - CZM maintains a list of available publications at http://www.mass.gov/czm/publications.htm.
Gulf of Maine Ocean Observing System - AKA GoMOOS, this website provides up-to-date information on weather and oceanographic conditions in the Gulf of Maine. To check out this real-time data, including hourly readings from a GoMOOS buoy in Massachusetts Bay and a NOAA buoy in Boston Harbor, see http://www.gomoos.org/. This site also provides options for graphing and downloading data.
science.gov - This site is a gateway to science and technology information from 10 major science agencies in the federal government. Available resources include technical reports, journal citations, databases, federal websites, and fact sheets. The resources are free and no registration is required. Check it out at http://www.science.gov.
Workshop for Aquaculturists to Prevent Spread of Invasive Species - On February 25-26, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is holding a workshop to train aquaculturists in using Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) principles to reduce the risk of introducing or spreading aquatic nuisance species (ANS). This workshop will be useful to both freshwater and saltwater aquaculturists. Aquaculturists, shellfish officers, natural resource managers, and others involved in the aquaculture industry are encouraged to attend the workshop, which will be held in Hadley, Massachusetts. For more information, email email@example.com.
Our Changing Coast: Private Rights & Public Trust - On March 28 and 29, the Goodwin-Niering Center for Conservation Biology and Environmental Studies is hosting this conference at Connecticut College. The focus is on the legal and ecological issues associated with coastal development, as well as the issue of private use and public protection of coastal areas. For details, see http://www.conncoll.edu/ccrec/greennet/ccbes/CC/agenda.
Research Fisheries Biologist - The National Marine Fisheries Service is seeking an experienced researcher to serve as Coordinator for Cooperative Research Programs at the Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC) in Woods Hole. For the full posting, see http://www.jobs.doc.gov. The position will close on February 10.
Marine Scientist - The Conservation Law Foundation is seeking a Marine Scientist to focus on marine resources management and marine biodiversity protection, including fisheries management and marine habitat protection in the greater Gulf of Maine. The position closes on February 14. For the complete posting, see http://www.clf.org/bepart/jobs.htm.
Aquaculture Specialist/Technical Coordinator - The Cape Cod Cooperative Extension Service is seeking an Aquaculture Specialist to provide outreach services to the public and private sectors of the local aquaculture community, as well as participate in other related coastal programs. The position closes on February 17. For a full posting, see http://www.barnstablecounty.org/employmentlistings.htm.
In the News
Here are links to newspaper articles from the last month on coastal issues. (Articles may only be available for a limited time.)
A publication of the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) pursuant
to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Award No. NA17OZ1125.
This publication is funded (in part) by a grant/cooperative agreement from the
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
The views expressed herein are those of the author(s) and
do not necessarily reflect the views of NOAA
or any of its sub-agencies.