Welcome to CZ-Mail, the monthly electronic newsletter from the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM). Each issue 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. Additional information about CZM's programs, publications, and other coastal topics can be found on the CZM website. To subscribe to CZ-Mail, send a blank email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, please feel free to share CZ-Mail with colleagues and friends—and if you have any suggestions for future editions, or would like make a change to your CZ-Mail subscription, please email your request to CZ-Mail@state.ma.us.
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Bruce Carlisle Named CZM Director
On July 28, Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affair (EEA) Richard K. Sullivan Jr announced the appointment of Bruce Carlisle as CZM Director. In the announcement, Secretary Sullivan stated, "As many of you know, Bruce has stepped up to the plate to serve as CZM Acting Director twice in the past five years, most recently in November 2010 with the departure of Deerin Babb-Brott. Each time, there has been nothing 'acting' about Bruce's performance at the helm of CZM. He has carried out the duties, responsibilities, and vision of the office with diligence, passion, and aplomb. I could not be more pleased that he is continuing to serve the Commonwealth in this role in a permanent capacity." Since 2005, Bruce served as Acting and Assistant Director for the agency, managing policy development, planning efforts, and technical approaches for program areas including ocean planning, shoreline and floodplain management, habitat restoration, ports and harbors planning, water quality, seafloor and tidal habitat mapping, and GIS/data management. Bruce also supervises CZM regulatory review of coastal and ocean projects ranging from local waterfront development and dredging projects to offshore wind turbines and LNG facilities. Bruce has been with CZM since 1994, previously serving as Wetlands Restoration Program Manager, overseeing efforts to promote and assist wetlands restoration in Massachusetts, and working on technical and policy issues in the protection of the Commonwealth's coastal and marine resources as CZM's Wetlands and Water Quality Specialist.
Outer Cape Cod No Discharge Area Approved
On August 1, EEA Secretary Richard K. Sullivan Jr. announced that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved the Commonwealth's designation of the Outer Cape Cod No Discharge Area (NDA)—prohibiting the discharge of any treated or untreated boat sewage along the entire 30-mile Atlantic coast of Cape Cod, including Nauset Harbor. This spring, EEA submitted the NDA application that was prepared by CZM to EPA, capping a year of work by CZM and the towns of Chatham, Orleans, Eastham, Wellfleet, Truro, and Provincetown. For details, see the EEA press release and the Outer Cape Cod Federal Register Notice. Also, check out flickr photos from the announcement. The Commonwealth's goal is to designate all state waters as no discharge areas. There are now 15 NDAs along the Massachusetts coast, covering 67 percent of state waters. Only two areas remain undesignated, Nantucket and Vineyard Sounds and Mt. Hope Bay, where work leading to NDA designation is underway. For more information about NDAs in Massachusetts, see CZM's NDA website.
COASTSWEEP, the statewide beach cleanup sponsored by CZM and organized by the Urban Harbors Institute (UHI) at UMass Boston, will kick off its 24th year on September 24. Volunteers throughout Massachusetts turn out in large numbers each year for this event, which is part of an international campaign organized by The Ocean Conservancy in Washington, DC. Participants all over the world collect marine debris and record what they find. This information is then used to help reduce future marine debris problems. Cleanups will be scheduled throughout September and October. To get involved, see the COASTSWEEP website or check out COASTSWEEP on Facebook.
Federal and State Scientists Hold Seafloor Mapping Demonstrations
On July 11, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and CZM hosted The Seafloor Revealed: What Lies Beneath the Massachusetts Coastal Ocean?, a public meet and greet event at the Ocean Explorium in New Bedford. The exhibits and presentations at this event illustrated the seafloor mapping work being conducted by USGS, CZM, and the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries (MarineFisheries). Scientists at the USGS Woods Hole campus are leaders in research in coastal and marine geology, seafloor mapping technology, geography, and the waters off the Massachusetts coast. CZM and MarineFisheries both played critical roles in the mapping work done to develop the Massachusetts Ocean Management Plan, the nation's first comprehensive plan to protect critical marine resources and foster sustainable uses in the state's ocean waters. This event featured a GeoWall, a 3D interactive display of bathymetric mapping data, as well as actual seafloor mapping instruments, posters, and handouts. The scientists were available to take questions and provided short talks on mapping technology and applied uses of seafloor mapping data.
James Brook Flood Mitigation and Salt Marsh Restoration Project Completed
In July, the James Brook channel reconstruction project in Cohasset was successfully completed. This state-funded project required reconstruction and enlargement of an existing culvert and replacement of flapper-style gates with a larger programmable tide gate, which will allow for greater control of stormwater flows from the brook and tidal flow into the adjacent Jacobs Meadow salt marsh. The old culvert was collapsing into the brook, which increased flooding during storms and reduced flow into the marsh. In the early 1900s, the 14-acre Jacobs Meadow was fragmented from Cohasset Harbor when Border Street and an undersized culvert, which conveyed James Brook, were constructed between the harbor and marsh. Jacobs Meadow was identified as a high priority site for restoration during a 2001 region-wide review of tidal restricted sites on the South Shore and nominated by Cohasset in 2006 as a priority restoration project with the Department of Fish and Game's (DFG) Division of Ecological Restoration. Construction of this project was funded by a $450,000 grant from the Commonwealth through CZM in partnership with DFG. Throughout project planning and implementation, CZM staff worked closely with the town to review engineering design plans and permit applications, develop a tide gate operation plan to balance flood mitigation with ecological restoration needs, tackle construction-related issues as they arose, and serve as liaison between the various municipal, state, and federal agency partners.
Marine Fisheries and Massachusetts Bays Program Transplant Eelgrass in Manchester Harbor
As part of demonstration project on the applicability and benefits of conservation moorings, in June, MarineFisheries and the Massachusetts Bays Program (MBP) transplanted eelgrass into "mooring scars" in Manchester-by-the-Sea. Mooring scars are created when a chain that attaches a moored boat to its anchor (usually a heavy granite block) scours a large circular patch in an eelgrass bed, an important habitat in Massachusetts estuaries. These scars, which are often more than 30 feet in diameter, can significantly reduce the area covered by eelgrass. In addition to the bottom disturbance, the churning up of bottom sediments by the chain degrades water quality. In October 2010, the project team, which also includes The Nature Conservancy and Salem Sound Coastwatch, replaced eight traditional block and chain moorings in Manchester with "conservation moorings." This emerging technology eliminates the chain and all contact with the bottom, minimizing harm to eelgrass beds. For this project, Marine Fisheries and MBP transplanted eelgrass into the scars around half of the new conservation moorings to determine whether this new technology is functioning properly, and whether the eelgrass requires a "jump start" to re-colonize the scar. Marine Fisheries will continue to monitor the recovery of this bed over the coming years, along with eelgrass beds in other areas of the state where conservation moorings are being installed. The project is funded by a grant from Association of National Estuary Programs and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), with additional contributions from The Nature Conservancy. For more on this project, see the Winter 2010 Massachusetts Bays Window.
CZ-Tip - Water Works when Used Wisely, So Save Water this Summer
As you head to the beach on those long, sunny August days, think about how the water you use—particularly during drought periods—affects water quality at the shore. At the height of summer, most rivers and streams are primarily fed by groundwater rather than rainfall. Because many communities use groundwater for their water supplies, watering lawns, washing cars, running trash disposals, and hundreds of other uses can cause nearby rivers and streams to run low—which can harm or kill animals and plants and negatively impact the quality of water entering coastal areas. So, at this time of year and all year long, please do your part by using water wisely. See CZ-Tip - Save Water for details.
Sample Analysis - CZM is seeking applications from qualified contractors to analyze benthic infauna samples from Buzzards Bay, Vineyard Sound, and the Commonwealth waters south of Martha's Vineyard. Samples will be collected to help groundtruth CZM's seafloor habitat maps during an eight-day oceanographic survey aboard EPA's Ocean Survey Vessel Bold. The sample analysis will help put the sediment data (and associated maps) in ecological context. To view the Request for Responses, visit the Comm-PASS website and search for solicitation "ENV 12 CZM 01." Proposals are due by August 12.
FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grants - The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) are inviting communities, state agencies, and tribal governments and territories to submit applications for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) 2012 Hazard Mitigation Assistance Program. These competitive grants assist applicants with hazard mitigation planning and the implementation of hazard mitigation projects to reduce or eliminate the loss of life and property due to natural hazards. Also, in August-October, MEMA has scheduled six technical assistance meetings across the state. These will provide applicants an opportunity to ask questions of the State Hazard Mitigation Team. CZM strongly encourages all potential applicants to attend one of these sessions. For complete grant details, see the 2012 Hazard Mitigation Assistance Program Guidance. For meeting information, contact Scott MacLeod at email@example.com. Full applications are due by November 4.
Climate Program Funding Opportunities - The NOAA Climate Program Office is seeking proposals for several grant programs. The Climate Program Office manages the competitive research program in which NOAA funds high-priority climate science to advance understanding of Earth's climate system and its atmospheric, oceanic, land, and snow and ice components. For details about these opportunities, see the NOAA website. Proposals are due by October 3.
Reminders - This opportunity listed in the last CZ-Mail is still available:
- Massachusetts Recreational Trails Grants - DCR is seeking applications for 2012 Massachusetts Recreational Trails Program Grants, which provides from $2,000 to $50,000 for a variety of trail protection, construction, and stewardship projects throughout Massachusetts. DCR is also accepting applications for Statewide Trails Education Grants, which provide funding for statewide trail education initiatives. Applications for both programs are due by October 1.
Report on Water Quality at Vacation Beaches - The National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) has released its 21st annual beach water quality report, which provides a compilation of water quality data on U.S. beaches. Testing the Waters: A Guide to Water Quality at Vacation Beaches identifies the best and worst beaches for protecting beachgoers from contaminated water. Pollution at the nation's ocean, lake, and bay beaches resulted in more than 24,000 closing or swimming advisory days in 2010—a 29 percent increase from 2009 and the second worst year since NRDC began tracking these data. In this 2011 report, NRDC's recommended long-term approach is to adopt solutions that address the sources of beach water pollution, particularly strategies for reducing contamination carried by stormwater runoff.
Water-Related Impacts of Climate Change Report - The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) has released Thirsty for Answers: Preparing for the Water-Related Impacts of Climate Change in American Cities, a report developed to help cities become more resilient to water-related vulnerabilities due to climate change. NRDC reviewed more than 75 scientific studies and other reports to summarize the water-related susceptibility in 12 cities across the United States.
Electronic "Water Resiliency" Tool for Communities - EPA has developed the Community-Based Water Resiliency Electronic Tool to help communities assess their resiliency to water service disruptions and learn about tools and resources that can be used to enhance resiliency. A main component of the tool is the self assessment, which provides questions tailored to different user groups and culminates in a self-assessment summary report. The report details the strengths and weaknesses of a community's approach and recommends tools and resources that can be used to enhance resiliency. The tool also contains targeted resources for the following user groups: Water Sector, Healthcare and Public Health Sector, Emergency Services Sector, State and Tribal Primacy Agencies, Local Officials, Community Partners, and other Non-Water Entities.
Citizen Guides to Drinking Water and Wastewater - The Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP) has released two guides for people who have a role or interest in their community's water systems, but lack the technical knowledge or skills of a system operator. A Drop of Knowledge: The Non-Operator's Guide to Drinking Water Systems and A Drop of Knowledge: The Non-Operator's Guide to Wastewater Systems were written as companion documents for board members of utilities in small communities, elected leaders with oversight of water systems, and/or any decision-maker who is involved in a water system. To download these guides, see the RCAP website and scroll down to the documents.
Sustainable Communities, Healthy Watersheds Report - EPA's Office of Wetlands, Oceans, and Watersheds (OWOW) has released its 2010 Annual Report Sustainable Communities, Healthy Watersheds (PDF, 5.5 MB). The report contains information on OWOW's work in 2010, which includes developing draft guidance to identify waters covered by the Clean Water Act, addressing impacts from nitrogen and phosphorus pollution, responding to the BP oil spill, developing pollution diets for impaired waters, and many other accomplishments.
Coastal Management Newsletter - The July 2011 edition of NOAA's Coastal Program Division's Coastal Management News features articles about climate change efforts in Maryland, Rhode Island's Ocean Plan, and more.
Coastal Society Bulletin - The Summer 2011 Coastal Society Bulletin (PDF, 765 KB) features articles on EPA's Climate Ready Estuaries Program, the Blue Vision Summit, and other Coastal Society news and updates.
Sound Waves - The July 2011 issue of Sound Waves, the monthly newsletter from USGS, features articles on sea otters in Alaska, rising sea levels in the Florida Everglades, and other coastal and marine research news.
Natural Hazards Observer - The July 2011 issue of the Natural Hazards Observer, the bimonthly periodical of the Natural Hazards Center in Boulder, Colorado, features articles on communication in building emergencies, earthquake dangers, invasive species, and other natural hazards news and information.
Marine Protected Area Newsletter - The July/August 2011 issue of MPA News features articles on what makes marine protected areas (MPA) special, high seas conservation, and other MPA news and notes.
The Sandbar - The July 2011 issue of The Sandbar, a quarterly publication reporting on legal issues affecting the U.S. oceans and coasts by the National Sea Grant College Program, features articles on the billion dollar agreement to restore the Gulf of Mexico, coordination between federal agencies, and other ocean- and coastal-related legal issues.
Northeast Ocean Data Portal - The Northeast Regional Ocean Council has launched the Northeast Ocean Data Portal. Developed to enhance regional ocean planning efforts, the new portal contains regional spatial data on human activities, natural resources, and jurisdictional information for New England's coasts and ocean waters. The data, map viewer, and other tools included with the portal are the result of more than a year of work by the Massachusetts Ocean Partnership, Northeast Regional Association of Coastal and Ocean Observing Systems, The Nature Conservancy, NOAA's Coastal Services Center, Gulf of Maine Research Institute, and Applied Science Associates.
Water Quality Standards Online Training for Promoting Public Involvement - EPA has launched a new online training module to encourage and facilitate public involvement in EPA's Water Quality Standards. How to Develop and Implement Public Involvement Programs and Practices outlines the requirements of public involvement and highlights good practices for creating an effective public participation process in decisions that affect water quality. Links to EPA policies, resources, and tools are provided throughout the module and compiled at the end of the presentation for further development of a tailored public involvement process.
Updated Nitrogen and Phosphorus Pollution Website - EPA has developed a new and improved Water Quality Criteria for Nitrogen and Phosphorus Pollution website to provide information about the sources of this pollution, its impacts on human health and aquatic ecosystems, and actions that people can take to help reduce it. Over the last 50 years, the amount of nitrogen and phosphorus pollution entering surface waters has escalated dramatically—becoming one of America's costliest and most challenging environmental problems. The new website also includes updated information on states' progress in developing numeric water quality criteria for nutrients as part of their water quality standards regulations.
Coastal Plain Watershed Information Center - The Center for Watershed Protection has launched the Coastal Plain Watershed Information Center, a website that provides tools to manage the impacts of land use and stormwater runoff on coastal plain water resources—specifically watersheds in the U.S. Atlantic coastal plain from the Gulf of Mexico to Cape Cod.
Proposed Standards for Cooling Water Intake Structures—Deadline Extended - EPA is seeking public comments on its proposed standards for all existing power plants and factories to protect billions of fish and other aquatic organisms drawn each year into cooling water systems. The proposal would establish a common-sense framework, putting a premium on public input and flexibility. Safeguards against such impingement of organisms will be required for all facilities above a minimum size, and closed-cycle cooling systems may also be required on a case-by-case basis. Comments are now due by August 18.
Reminder - The following comment opportunity posted in the last CZ-Mail is still open:
- Draft NOAA Scientific Integrity Policy - NOAA's draft scientific integrity policy is available for public review and comment. The policy incorporates the principles of scientific integrity contained in guidance from the White House and addresses how NOAA ensures quality science in its practices and policies and promotes a culture of transparency, integrity, and ethical behavior. For details, see the NOAA website. Comments are due by August 20
WHOI Research Vessel Tours - On August 7, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) will hold tours of its research vessel Knorr in Woods Hole. Tours of the ship that was used to discover the Titanic and hydrothermal vents will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. For details, see the WHOI website.
Wellfleet Bay Bayside Talks - In August, the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary will host a series of Bayside Talks. On August 10, Dr. Kathy Parsons, Director of the Coastal Waterbird Program at Mass Audubon, will talk about piping plovers. Learn about the courtship displays and nesting rituals of these threatened birds and discover how local research efforts contribute to the piping plover's recovery on Cape Cod and elsewhere in Massachusetts. On August 17, Connie Merigo, Director of Marine Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation at the New England Aquarium, will talk about leatherback sea turtles. Explore the unique nature and biology of the world's largest living turtle and discover insights gained into their distinctive behavior and anatomy through local research.
Organic Lawns and Landscapes Workshop - On August 19 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Massachusetts will hold an Organic Lawns & Landscapes Refresher workshop at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge in Newburyport. Practical skills and problem solving will be the focus of this workshop, beginning with an overview of the systems approach to organic landscaping including: soil testing, soil amendments, managing nutrition, and grass types. Presenters will then discuss practical solutions for real-life landscape problems, including some case study examples.
2012 MACC Conference—Call for Workshop Proposals - On March 3, 2012, the Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions (MACC) will hold the 2012 Annual Environmental Conference in Worcester. This is the largest regular environmental conference in New England. Proposals for workshop topics and presentations are due by August 31. MACC is also accepting nominations for the prestigious Annual Environmental Service Awards. For details, see the MACC website.
Mudflat Mania - Through August, the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History will hold a series of Mudflat Mania walks. Bring a pail, notebook, and water shoes for a beachside exploration where visitors learn about the fascinating world of animals that live in and on the tidal flats.
Science Made Public Lecture Series - On Tuesdays in August, WHOI will hold the Science Made Public Lecture Series. All talks are held at 2:30 p.m. in the WHOI Ocean Science Exhibit Center Auditorium, 15 School Street, Woods Hole.
Bayside Explorers - Each Wednesday in August, rain or shine, join Three Bays Preservation, Inc., and the "Bayside Explorers" for free outings with naturalists along the shores of the Cotuit, North, and West Bays. Meet at Dowses Beach (East Bay Road) in Osterville. See the Three Bays website for the schedule and to register.
Summer Walks in Harwich - The Harwich Conservation Trust has posted its schedule of summer walks. All walks are free and open to the public. See the Trust's website (PDF, 89 KB).
Bathymetric Science Day—Call for Presentations - On October 4, the 6th General Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans (GEBCO) Bathymetric Science Day will be held in La Jolla, California. GEBCO welcomes oral presentations and poster displays on topics relating to ocean-floor mapping and its applications. Presentations are due by September 1.
North Atlantic Right Whale Consortium Annual Meeting—Call for Abstracts - From November 2-3, the North Atlantic Right Whale Consortium Annual Meeting will be held at the New Bedford Whaling Museum. The meeting will share and discuss research, new techniques, management strategies, and other facets of right whale conservation. The Consortium Board is currently accepting abstracts for oral and poster presentations, which are due by September 2.
Hurricane Engineering Conference—Call for Papers - From October 24-26, the Applied Technology Council and the Structural Engineering Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers will hold the Advances in Hurricane Engineering Conference in Miami, Florida. This conference is being held to discuss how design practices are evolving to meet the building and infrastructure challenges presented by powerful hurricanes. See the Call for Papers, which are due by September 9.
The Great Park Pursuit - This summer, as part of the No Child Left Inside-Children in Nature initiative, DCR is challenging children and their families to reconnect with nature and help promote a healthy lifestyle through active outdoor recreation in our state parks. Running through September 10, the Great Park Pursuit (GPP) offers teams the opportunity to design their own "Park Pursuit." DCR parks across the Commonwealth will host great programs all summer and teams will be challenged to visit six programs in different themed categories, collecting special program stickers at each event to chronicle their summer adventures on a GPP team game card. Teams can also track their adventures with stories, photos, and itineraries on a personalized family homepage. To register, get game rules, and learn more, see the Great Park Pursuit website.
Coastal 5K - On September 11, Salem Sound Coastwatch will hold the 2nd Annual Coastal 5K: Run for the Beach! to support its Adopt a Beach program. The 5K road race will start at Lynch Park in Beverly and will feature a gentle course with rolling terrain and ocean views. Bring the family and friends to enjoy live entertainment, environmental activities, and eco-friendly giveaways before and after the race.
Cape Cod National Seashore Advisory Commission Meeting - The Cape Cod National Seashore Advisory Commission will meet at 1 p.m. on September 12 in the meeting room at Cape Cod National Seashore Headquarters, Marconi Station, Wellfleet. The meeting is open to the public and interested parties may make oral/written presentations to the commission.
Global Conference on Oceans, Climate and Security—Call for Abstracts - From May 21-23, 2012, the Global Conference on Oceans, Climate and Security will be held in Boston. This first global conference will focus on: raising the awareness level of the threat of climate change to oceans; identifying and prioritizing the knowledge gaps in science and technology; and generating comprehensive human security policy and governance recommendations. See the Call for Abstracts, which are due by September 15.
Philadelphia Low Impact Development Conference - From September 25-28, the Philadelphia Low Impact Development Symposium will be held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This conference will combine the 5th National Low Impact Development Conference, the 19th Nonpoint Source Monitoring Workshop, and the 2011 Pennsylvania Stormwater Management Symposium.
Barnstable Land Trust Walks and Talks - Through autumn, the Barnstable Land Trust will hold numerous events as part of its Walks & Talks nature series. For details, see the Barnstable Land Trust website.
Reminders - The following calendar items posted in the last CZ-Mail are still to come:
- Coastal Engineering Conference - From August 21-24, the American Society of Civil Engineers will hold the Conference on Coastal Engineering Practice: Engineering Sustainable Coastal Development in, San Diego, California. The conference will focus on practical approaches in developing solutions for coastal engineering problems while ensuring sustainable coastal development.
- StormCon Conference - The 2011 StormCon, the world's largest conference on stormwater pollution prevention, will be held from August 21-25 in Anaheim, California. For details, see the StormCon website.
- Coastal Protection Symposium - From August 23-24, Preparing for the Rising Tide: Coastal Protection Symposium will be held in Anaheim, California, as a component of the annual StormCon 2011 conference. The two-day symposium will focus on infrastructure protection in coastal cities, ports, and industrial complexes in the face of sea level rise and potential shoreline changes.
- Swim & Fin Race for Salem Sound - On August 27, Salem Sound Coastwatch will hold the 6th Annual Swim & Fin Race for Salem Sound at Forest River Park in Salem. The event will feature open water swim races for all levels. There will be food, music, and giveaways.
- Antique & Classic Boat Festival - From August 27-28, Hawthorne Cove Marina in Salem will host the 28th Annual Antique and Classic Boat Festival, which will include exhibits, artists, crafts, and entertainment.
- Global Summit on Coastal Seas - From August 28-31, the ninth international meeting on Environmental Management for Enclosed Coastal Seas (EMECS 9), Managing for Results in Our Coastal Seas, will be held in Baltimore, Maryland. EMECS 9 will focus on scientifically sound, sustainable restoration approaches.
- Floodplain Management Conference - From September 6-9, the Floodplain Management Association Annual Conference, Flood Risk Management in the 21st Century, will be held in San Diego, California. Join floodplain management experts and policy makers to address meeting the changing federal stormwater and environmental standards.
Other Items of Interest
Boaters Encouraged to Report Entangled Marine Animals - Massachusetts coastal waters are home to endangered marine animals, including sea turtles and whales. Entanglement in marine debris and fishing gear such as rope, netting, and hooks are leading causes of serious injury and mortality for these animals. Marine Fisheries, the National Marine Fisheries Service, and the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies (PCCS) are asking all boaters to immediately report sightings of entangled marine animals, alive or dead, by calling the Marine Animal Entanglement Hotline at (800) 900-3622 or (866) 755-NOAA, or by hailing the U.S. Coast Guard on VHF Channel 16. An entanglement response team at PCCS is on-call and committed to providing safe and effective disentanglement of marine animals in the waters off Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and New Hampshire. Do not try to free the animals. This can cause you and the animal further harm and it is illegal. Please use the following tips when encountering an entangled marine animal:
In addition, operators of all vessels at sea are reminded to secure trash, gear, and other items that may be mistaken for food by marine animals or cause entanglements. Harbormasters, marinas, sporting groups, and marine supply stores are encouraged to share this information with others. For more information, contact Scott Landry at firstname.lastname@example.org or (508) 487-3623 x102.
- Report the entanglement sighting immediately. Don't wait until you get back to land.
- Do NOT touch the animal or the entangled gear.
- Maintain a safe distance from the animal in trouble.
- Record the time and coordinates of the animal's location.
- Be alert for trailing lines, which may foul props.
- Be prepared to stand by until responders arrive.
- Note the appearance of the animal and type of entangling gear.
- If at all possible, photograph or video the sighting from a safe distance.
Mass Audubon Photo Contest - Mass Audubon is holding its 2011 Picture This: Your Great Outdoors photo contest, open to all participants. New England's largest conservation organization welcomes striking digital images that highlight the beauty and diversity of Massachusetts wildlife, habitats, and people in nature. Judges will select up to 24 winners (12 adults and 12 students). Two Grand Prize Winners' photos will be featured on the cover of a Mass Audubon publication, which reaches more than 100,000 people throughout New England and beyond. Entries are due by September 5.