Supporter

Arthur H. Kopelman, Ph.D.

President, Coastal Research and Education Society of Long Island

‘The Coastal Research and Education Society of Long Island (CRESLI) has been working for 2 decades taking people to learn about, observe, and photograph the marine mammals and sea turtles in the waters of Long Island, NY and New England. With the help of hundreds of trained volunteers, students, and colleagues, we’ve collected and analyzed data that highlight the incredible diversity of marine mammals and sea turtles found in our waters. Our data and photos show that individual fin whales and humpback whales return to Long Island’s waters regularly and move between NY, the Gulf of Maine, and the Mid-Atlantic. Our data also show long-term site fidelity of harbor seals at haul-outs we’ve been monitoring for more than 10 years.

 

Sharing information during our trips is a vital way to engage the public as concerned stakeholders and stewards and is critical part of our mission to “… promote and foster understanding and stewardship of coastal ecosystems…”

 

Sharing information with researchers and others is also a critically important part of understanding the coastal and offshore ecosystem upon which we depend. Being involved directly in the regional ocean planning process, as one of the NY representatives for whale watching was a truly rewarding and educational experience.

 

Regional ocean planning is an integral part of large scale ecosystem-based management efforts. Today, with so many issues affecting and being affected by the world’s oceans, data-based planning is an essential to assuring the sustainability of our oceans.’


 

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Why We Need Ocean Planning

The ocean and coasts are active places, and we’re putting more demands on them every day. Think about it: traditional uses such as fishing, boating, shipping, recreation, and tourism are all changing and expanding, and at the same time we’re pioneering new industries alongside them like wind energy and sand mining. Ocean planning is about thinking ahead and planning for how to make it all work. Otherwise, we put the ocean’s vast, yet fragile, resources at risk. Voluntary ocean planning allows us to coordinate all these uses in a way that benefits our economy, our communities, and ocean health. Ocean planning is a science-based and data-driven process that provides a tool for people and government to work together, share information and solve problems in a way that works for everyone. Ocean planning helps to identify and resolve potential conflicts early on, helping decision makers and stakeholders in both the private and public sectors do their jobs better. This creates better outcomes for everyone, supporting a healthy ocean and vibrant economy

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