Overview of US Coast Guard (USCG) authority under the Ports and Waterways Safety Act (PWSA), and process for analyzing vessel traffic usage and patterns for the Atlantic Coast Port Access Route Study (ACPARS).
The report indicates that Nantucket Sound serves as a migratory pathway for many warm water species that pass through the Sound moving into Cape Cod Bay and Massachusetts Bay, as well as the northern border for several summer migrant species. Approximately 9.6 million pounds of commercial landings (involving 20 different species) subject to federal vessel trip reporting were harvested from Nantucket Sound from 1994 through 2004, at a total value of roughly $9.8 million. Federally-reportable shellfish harvested from Nantucket Sound totaled approximately 1.8 million pounds from 1994 through 2004. Approximately 610,000 individual fish were reported caught by federally-permitted recreational charter/party boats in Nantucket Sound between 1994-2004, primarily by hand line/rod & reel.
The report recommended moving toward an ecosystem-based management approach by focusing on three cross-cutting themes: (1) a new, coordinated national ocean policy framework to improve decision making; (2) cutting edge ocean data and science translated into high-quality information for managers; and, (3) lifelong ocean-related education to create well-informed citizens with a strong stewardship ethic. The proposed national ocean policy framework includes the formation of a new National Ocean Council (NOC) and regional ocean councils.
The report recommended five priority objectives: enacting a principled, unified national ocean policy; comprehensive and coordinated governance of ocean resources and uses; restructuring fishery management institutions and policy; protecting important habitats and managing coastal development; and, controlling sources of pollution.
Overview of draft Call for Information and Nominations (CFI) Area, and navigational and military concerns.
From the 3rd meeting of the New Jersey Task Force: overview of US Coast Guard (USCG) missions.