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Ocean Action Plan Matrix

This matrix represents a summary of the 61 actions outlined in the Ocean Action Plan. Included is a brief description, as well as suggested lead agencies, potential partners, milestones, and their implementation status as of September 1, 2017.

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Summary of actions in Ocean Action Plan
Action Description Lead Potential Partners Milestones Status
1 Evaluate, prioritize and remove or modify known impediments to diadromous fish passage. DEC ASMFC, NOAA, OPRHP, SSER, PEP, LISS, LISCMP and HREP Short term Initiated
2 Develop a seagrass management program that will implement seagrass management plans for designated seagrass management areas. DEC, DOS NOAA, OPRHP, municipalities and the Shinnecock Indian Nation Short term Initiated
3 Monitor tidal wetland loss (trends), water quality and implement restoration in Long Island estuaries and embayments. DEC, USGS NPS, OPRHP, SUNY SB, TNC, LISS, EPA, NOAA, USFWS, and NYC Department of Parks and Recreation Short term Initiated
4 Strengthen criteria for designation of significant coastal fish and wildlife habitats (SCFWH) and designate new areas as SCFWH in state waters (0-3 nautical miles). DOS, DEC NPS, NYSERDA, OPRHP, NOAA, USFWS, MRAC, WCS and the Shinnecock Indian Nation Short term Initiated
5 Implement the Long Island Pesticide Pollution Prevention Strategy to protect groundwater and surface water resources from pesticide-related contamination. DOH, DEC Suffolk County Department of Health Services (SCDHS), Suffolk County Soil and Water District, Nassau County Department of Health, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County (CCE), DAM, EPA, USGS, Long Island Farm Bureau and the Shinnecock Indian Nation Short term Not funded
6 Recommend solutions for reducing contaminants of emerging concern. DEC USGS, NPS, DOH, RFMRP, Shinnecock Indian Nation and local municipalities Short term Initiated
7 Evaluate impacts from two sewage treatment outfalls located in ocean waters. DEC, DOS NYC DEP, SUNY SB, Shinnecock Indian Nation and municipalities Near term Actively seeking funding
8 Develop strategies to reduce pollutant and nutrient loads from onsite wastewater treatment systems (OWTS) into the Long Island South Shore Estuary Reserve (SSER). DEC, DOS, DOH, EFC, municipalities NPS, EPA, NYC DEP, local watershed groups, and DAM Short term Initiated
9 Reduce bycatch in New York fisheries. DEC, NOAA ASMFC, MAFMC, SUNY SB, and CCE Short term Partially funded
10 Create an inshore trawl survey and monitoring program. DEC NOAA, NEAMAP, ASMFC, NPS and SUNY SB Short term Partially funded
11 Develop and implement a cooperative fisheries research program for state waters. DEC NOAA, MAFMC, ASMFC, USFWS, Mid-Atlantic Panel on Aquatic Invasive Species, New York Sea Grant, SUNY SB, CCE, NY Marine Science Consortium and the Shinnecock Indian Nation Short term Not funded
12 Monitor abundances for both species of river herring, alewife (Alosa pseudoharengus) and blueback (Alosa aestivalis), in the Hudson River estuary. DEC SUNY ESF, ASMFC, and Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries (MA DWF) Short term Initiated
13 Monitor distribution and habitat requirements of Atlantic surfclams in New York State waters. DEC SUNY SB Short term Partially funded
14 Investigate population declines of American lobster inshore, offshore and in estuaries. DEC ASMFC, CCE, SUNY SB, and Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (CT DEEP) Short term Actively seeking funding
15 Monitor Ocean Acidification and investigate the impacts of ocean acidification on shellfish and crustaceans. DEC NOAA, Mid Atlantic Regional Planning Body, MARACOOS, NPS, SUNY SB, Shinnecock Indian Nation, and municipalities Short term Initiated
16 Assess blue crab (Callinectes sapidus) abundance and life history characteristics and predict future population trends in Great South Bay and other marine waters. DEC NPS, SUNY SB, and University of Maryland-Chesapeake Biological Laboratory Short term Initiated
17 Monitor whelk abundance and movements inshore, offshore and in estuaries. DEC SUNY SB and CCE Near term Not funded
18 Investigate Atlantic sturgeon (Acipenser oxyrhynchus) habitat association in the Hudson River, inshore, offshore and in estuaries. DEC NOAA, USFWS, USGS, SUNY SB, and Delaware State University Near term Initiated
19 Design and implement a monitoring survey to determine baseline trends for large whales in the New York Bight. DEC NOAA, US NAVY, USFWS, AMAPPS, BOEM, DOS, NY Natural Heritage Program, Cornell University, RFMRP,SUNY SB, WCS and NGOs Short term Initiated
20 Design and implement long-term monitoring surveys for large whales to mitigate the impacts of human activities and for effective conservation planning. DEC NOAA, BOEM, US NAVY, USFWS, ASMFC, MAFMA, DOS, NYSERDA, PANYNJ, USCG, Harbor Ops Committee, New York Shipping Association, Pilots Associations, Riverhead Foundation, New York Aquariums, WHOI, Cornell University, SUNY SB, WCS and NGOs. Near term Not funded
21 Design and implement a monitoring survey for Sea Turtles in the New York Bight. DEC RFMRP, NOAA, and SUNY SB Near term Partially funded
22 Monitor distribution and relative abundance of finfish, large pelagics, and endangered and threatened marine species inshore, offshore and in estuaries. DEC BOEM, SUNY SB, RFMRP, WCS and NOAA Near term Actively seeking funding
23 Expand the New York Natural Heritage Program to include additional marine species and offshore habitats. NHP DEC, SUNY ESF, and WCS Short term Initiated
24 Evaluate horseshoe crab (Limulus polyphemus) abundance and connectivity inshore, offshore and in estuaries. DEC NPS, SUNY SB and CCE Short term Initiated
25 Reduce the incidental catch of marine mammals, sea turtles, seabirds and Atlantic sturgeon. DEC Delaware State University, SUNY SB, NOAA, ASMFC, TNC, CCE, RFMRP, WCS and NGOs Near term Partially funded
26 Establish an aquatic invasive species monitoring network for the ocean. DEC USFWS, Mid-Atlantic Panel on Aquatic Invasive Species, OPRHP, WCS, Other state wildlife agencies, EPA, NOAA, Shinnecock Indian Nation and municipalities Near term Actively seeking funding
27 Examine predator-prey dynamics within foraging hotspots located in estuaries, inshore, and offshore. NOAA, DEC SUNY SB, SUNY ESF, ASMFC, MAFMC, WCS and NGOs Near term Not funded
28 Investigate natural and anthropogenic factors that are potentially contributing to winter flounder declines within New York embayments. SUNY SB, DEC NOAA, ASMFC and MAFMC Near term Not funded
29 Increase New York's participation at regional and interstate fisheries management meetings. DEC ASMFC, NOAA, USFWS, MAFMC, NEFMC Short term Not funded
30 Promote improved management of deep-sea corals and sponges within the New York Bight. NOAA MAFMC, BOEM, DOS, DEC, WCS and NGOs Short term Initiated
31 Integrate avian conservation into research, management and offshore planning. DEC, NALCC, NYSERDA BRI, USFWS, BOEM, NOAA, USGS, NPS, DOS, OPRHP, CUNY, Audubon New York, NHP, WCS and NGOs Short term Not funded
32 Establish a baseline ocean monitoring system for the New York Bight. DOS, DEC NOAA, BOEM, USGS, USEPA,USACE, NYSERDA, NYSG, Academia, USGCRP, CCE, Shinnecock Indian Nation, WCS and NGOs Short term Actively seeking funding
33 Develop an ocean indicators system or the New York Bight. DEC DOS, NYSERDA, NYSG, Academia, USGCRP, NOAA, USGS, USACE, EPA, BOEM, Shinnecock Indian Nation, NGOs, and estuary programs Short term Initiated
34 Publish a State of the Ocean report. DEC, DOS NOAA, USEPA, USGS, BOEM, USACE, New Jersey, NYSERDA, NYMSC, NYSG, SUNY SB, WCS and NGOs Near term Initiated
35 Assemble and analyze resource and use data for offshore planning. DOS DEC, NYSERDA, PSC, OPRHP, PANYNJ, NY Natural Heritage Program, Harbor Ops, Shinnecock Indian Nation, BOEM, NOAA, USFWS, US NAVY, USCG, EPA, USACE, ASMFC, MAFMC, municipalities, CCE, NGOs, Stone Environmental Inc., New England Aquarium and University of Rhode Island, NROC, MARCO. Short term Initiated
36 Identify essential ecosystem services in the New York Bight and assess their vulnerability to impacts from human activities and climate change. Academia DEC, DOS, BOEM, NOAA, USGS, EPA, other federal agencies, MAFMC, WCS, NGOs and Shinnecock Indian Nation Near term Not funded
37 Develop and evaluate alternative future use scenarios and tradeoffs between ecosystem services and ocean use. Academia DEC, DOS, BOEM, NOAA, USGS, EPA, other federal agencies, MAFMC, and Shinnecock Indian Nation Near term Not funded
38 Identify goals for environmental assessments to better understand effects of offshore renewable energy development on wildlife. NYSERDA DEC, DOS, USFWS, NOAA, BOEM, USGS, CCE, Biodiversity Research Institute, WCS and NGOS Short term Initiated
39 Assess the effectiveness of BMPs and other measures used to mitigate adverse effects of anthropogenic sources of underwater noise. NOAA BOEM, USACE, PANYNJ, DEC, DOS, NYSERDA, WCS, and NGOs Short term Partially funded
40 Represent New York's interests in the Mid-Atlantic Regional Planning Body (MidA RPB) ocean planning process. DOS, DEC Mid Atlantic Regional Planning Body, New England Regional Planning Body, Long Island Sound Blue Plan Advisory Committee Short term Initiated
41 Develop of New York aquaculture policy and improve the regulatory framework to promote sustainable best management practices. DAM, DEC NOAA, DOS, DOH, OGS, ESD, NYSG, NY Aquaculture Industry, Long Island Farm Bureau, East Coast Shellfish Growers Association (ECSGA), Shinnecock Indian Nation and municipalities Short term Not funded
42 Support the New York artificial reef program and identify suitable sites for future reef placement. DEC SBU, USACE, NOAA, OGS, DOS, NYSG Short term Partially funded
43 Promote and develop New York's existing ocean economy and identify new opportunities for growth in New York's working waterfronts. DOS NOAA, OPRHP, GOSR, NYS REDCs, PANYNJ, ESD, PANYNJ, DEC, NYSERDA, NYS DOT, USACE, NYC DCP, and CCE Near term Initiated
44 Assess and predict the vulnerability of the coastal areas to climate change. DEC EPA, NYS RISE, NOAA, USFWS, NPS, DOS, Hudson River Environmental Conditions Observing System, HRNERR, NYSERDA,OPRHP, NYCDEP, LISS, NYC DPR, NYC DCP, Shinnecock Indian Nation and municipalities Short term Initiated
45 Identify, assess and prioritize flood-prone areas at risk due to climate change DOS, DEC NYSERDA, NYS RISE, USGS, NOAA, EPA, OPRHP, NYSERDA, SUNY SB, NYSG, NYC DCP, Shinnecock Indian Nation and municipalities Near term Initiated
46 Examine the impacts of increased coastal flooding and sea-level rise on wastewater, stormwater and other vulnerable infrastructure in New York City and Long Island. DEC, DOH NYS RISE, USGS, EPA, OPRHP, DOT, DOS, NYSERDA, EFC, PANYNJ, MTA, NYSG, NYC DCP, Shinnecock Indian Nation, municipalities, WCS and NGOs Near term Not funded
47 Support the use of living shorelines as a tool to reduce coastal erosion and flooding while providing better environmental services. DEC, DOS USACE, USEPA, OPRHP, SUNY SB, NYSG, NYC, HRNERR, NOAA, DCP,municipalities and Shinnecock Indian Nation Near term Initiated
48 Evaluate and periodically revise the breach contingency plan. USACE, DEC, DOS SUNY SB, OPRHP, NPS, USGS, USEPA and OGS Near term Initiated
49 Update current community planning practices to include coastal resiliency strategies that effectively minimize the impacts of extreme weather events and sea-level rise. DOS, DEC USEPA, NYSERDA, NYS RISE, OPRHP, NYSG, Consortium for Climate Risk in the Urban Northeast, NOAA, USGS, EPA, Shinnecock Indian Nation, municipalities, WCS and NGOs Short term Not funded
50 Encourage Long Island municipalities to participate in the Climate Smart Communities Program. DEC, municipalities DOS, NYSERDA, DOT, DOH, and PSC Short term Initiated
51 Improve policies for sediment resource management, particularly for dredging and use of clean dredged sand from state waters. DEC, DOS, USACE BOEM, NPS, OPRHP, OGS, NYC DCP, NGOs, Shinnecock Indian Nation and municipalities Short term Not funded
52 Identify and assess sand resources within state and federal waters. DOS, BOEM, DEC, USACE, SUNY SB NPS, OGS, OPRHP Short term Partially funded
53 Develop a formal stakeholder engagement process for promoting the ocean action plan's long-term agenda. DEC, DOS NYMSC, NYSG, SUNY SB, WCS, USACE, and NGOs Short term Actively seeking funding
54 Establish an ocean advisory committee. DEC, DOS NYMSC, NYSG, SUNY SB, Shinnecock Indian Reservation, WCS and NGOs Short term Actively seeking funding
55 Establish a biannual OAP stakeholder workshop DEC, DOS NYMSC, NYSG, SUNY SB, WCS, NGOs Short term Not funded
56 Develop a statewide campaign to increase ocean literacy. DEC DOS, OPRHP, New York State Museum, NOAA, NPS, Local School Districts, RFMRP, NYSG, NYMSC, NYSMEA, WCS and NGOs Short term Not funded
57 Promote diverse stakeholder participation in ocean outreach and advance awareness of environmental issues in underserved communities. DEC NPS, DOS, Shinnecock Indian Nation, NYSG, DOH, WCS and NGOs Short term Not funded
58 Create an updated recreational marine fishing guide. DEC NYSG, DOH, WCS, and NGOs Short term Initiated
59 Install 20 informational kiosks at major public recreational fishing access sites. DEC OPRHP, NYSG, Shinnecock Indian Nation, municipalities and NGOs Short term Partially funded
60 Develop best management practices to reduce, mitigate or remove marine debris. NGOs, DEC NOAA (MDP), OPRHP, NYSG, NYMSC, DOS, USEPA, CCE, American Littoral Society, Shinnecock Indian Nation and municipalities Short term Not funded
61 Promote responsible wildlife viewing activities for marine mammals within the New York Bight. NYSG, DEC NGOs, DOS, NOAA, OPRHP, OGS, ESD, Shinnecock Indian Nation, municipalities, WCS and NGOs Short term Not funded