Leaders Announce Ocean Plan for RI
August 10, 2011
Jamestown Press: NOAA Administrator Jane Lubchenco, Ph.D., joined Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee, U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse, and other national and state leaders to recognize the pioneering Rhode Island Ocean Special Area Management Plan.
This new, innovative ocean management plan improves state review processes and policies to facilitate the development of offshore projects that could lead to the creation of hundreds of wind energy jobs and balance energy development with transportation, fishing, recreation and environmental stewardship along the state’s coast and adjacent federal waters.
“By developing this plan, Rhode Island has emerged as a national leader in coastal management and ocean stewardship,” said Lubchenco. “This plan takes into account all ocean uses for enhancing commercial, recreational and environmental goals. This plan is what President Obama envisioned in the National Ocean Policy, and it sets a great example for other coastal states.”