New York Dept. of Environmental Conservation
The New York Ocean Action Plan (OAP) is a coordinated and inclusive effort focused on improving the health of our ocean ecosystems and their capacity to provide sustainable benefits to New Yorkers. Together, scientists, resource managers, and a wide range of stakeholders will take stock of New York’s ocean-related activities and programs. Through a ten-year action plan, the goal of the OAP is to achieve better-managed and healthier ocean ecosystems that will benefit people, communities, and the natural world. Grounded in short-term actions to reach long-term goals, the OAP will guide State government funding, research, management, outreach, and education choices.
The OAP outlines the following four interconnected goals that reflect New York’s priorities for immediate action:
- Ensure the ecological integrity of the ocean ecosystem;
- Promote economic growth, coastal development and human use of the ocean in a manner that is sustainable and consistent with maintaining ecosystem integrity;
- Increase resilience of ocean resources to impacts associated with climate change;
- Empower the public to actively participate in decision making and ocean stewardship…