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New York Should Invest in its Ocean and Great Lakes

…genda is underway and it identifies the most pressing problems facing the lakes, and provides specific goals and activities to address these problems. With these plans in place it is time to use them and really invest in our ocean and Great Lakes economies. In 2010, ocean sector industries like fishing and tourism contributed more than $21.7 billion to New York’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and supported nearly 300,000 jobs. The largest ocean

Cuomo Brings Great Hope for NY’s Environment in 2016

…livered! The plant currently discharges sewage into the Western Bays and contributes to low dissolved oxygen levels, harmful algal blooms, and depleted fisheries on the south shore. A significant state commitment to fund the ocean outfall pipe guarantees that this project will move forward. That’s a win for our community, our bays, and our ocean. Confirm Commitment to Address Nitrogen on Long Island: Septic systems across Suffolk County…

Saving Shark Week one #SharkFact at a Time

…of 1961. He was bitten on his fingers and leg, and survived the attack, which was considered a provoked attack since Junker reportedly had speared the fish beforehand. #SharkFact : Sharks are incredibly important for overall ocean health and, in particular, for maintaining the health of coral reefs. Did you know that deep beneath the open waters on the Mid-Atlantic’s continental slope lie untouched, vibrant deep sea coral communities, many…

New York State Budget Battle Begins

…an anticipated state budget surplus, further bolster the justification for a significant investment in the EPF this year. In addition to robust funding for the broader EPF, CCE is advocating for the following specific items: Ocean and Great Lakes: CCE is advocating for $9 million in the Ocean and Great Lakes line in the EPF to continue progress to protect and restore New York’s coastal water resources. Governor Cuomo has proposed $4.8 million…

Shark Week: Setting the Record Straight

…fest in recent years. Sharks have roamed our oceans since before the time of dinosaurs, but today many shark species are threatened with extinction. As apex predators, sharks play a crucial role in maintaining the health of ocean ecosystems by keeping populations of other fish healthy and in check. For example, tiger sharks have been linked to the quality of seagrass beds through their prey, dugongs and green sea turtles, which forage in these…