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New York Ocean Action Plan

Funding Available for Public Shellfish Hatchery Expansion Projects
Applications are due by May 9, 2018, 2:00 pm
Click here for more information on the application process.

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The New York Ocean Action Plan was announced by Commissioner Seggos on January 23, 2017. Copies of the Ocean Action Plan (PDF, 3.8 MB), Ocean Action Plan Matrix, and press release are also available by calling 631-444-0430 or writing to NYSDEC Division of Marine Resources, 205 N Belle Mead Rd., Suite 1, East Setauket, NY 11733.

What is the New York Ocean Action Plan?

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, sixty-one point 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:

Goal 1- Ensure the ecological integrity of the ocean ecosystem;
Goal 2- Promote economic growth, coastal development and human use of the ocean in a manner that is sustainable and consistent with maintaining ecosystem integrity;
Goal 3- Increase resilience of ocean resources of impacts associated with climate change;
Goal 4- Empower the public to actively participate in decision making and ocean stewardship.

The corresponding long-term objectives and specific actions outlined in the OAP were developed through a stakeholder process with a diverse array of stakeholders, many of whom we would expect to be partners and take the lead in implementing the identified actions.

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The implementation of New York's Ocean Action Plan works to support the achievement of tasks and actions identified within the OAP itself. With the help of DEC sponsored programs, competitive research grants, and monitoring and data collection priorities, DEC can make well informed decisions in conserving our ocean resources. Many of the sixty-one Actions are underway. Following the timelines identified within the OAP, regular updates will be provided through a State of the Ocean Report. DEC and our partners are leading the nation in effective ocean management.

Use the left hand column above to take a closer look at some of the projects we are working on through the New York Ocean Action Plan!

Why Does New York Need an Ocean Action Plan?

Sand tiger shark. Photo courtesy of Brandon Puckett.
Sand tiger shark. Photo courtesy of Brandon Puckett.

New York's ocean resources face growing challenges. Changing ocean temperatures affect the health and distribution of valuable fish stocks, making efforts to sustainably manage our fisheries more difficult. In response to fishery and other management challenges, the New York Ocean and Great Lakes Ecosystem Conservation Council (Council) called for development of an OAP in its April 2009 report to the Governor and legislature. The Council recognized that current management can be improved by implementing a more comprehensive and integrated approach to ocean management.

What is Ecosystem-Based Management?

Ecosystem‐based management (EBM) is a comprehensive, place-based approach to resource management-distinctive from traditional approaches that manage resources individually. EBM recognizes that people are an integral part of any ecosystem and that ecosystems are vital in supporting human life. EBM also emphasizes the necessity of sound scientific understanding and strong partnerships to address complex and often contentious issues. Using EBM, New York can take a comprehensive look at its ocean and coastal resources, leading to better management decisions and healthier communities and ecosystems.

What Areas of the Ocean Does the Ocean Action Plan Address?

Map of the Ocean Action Plan focus area
Map of the Ocean Action Plan focus area.

The geographic area encompasses the State's ocean waters stretching from New York City to the end of Long Island, including ecological connections to offshore waters out to the edge of the continental shelf. Additionally, given the interconnectedness of ocean waters with nearshore waters, the ecological relationship with several estuaries and their habitats will also be examined: the Peconic, Hudson River, and NY-NJ Harbor Estuaries, Long Island Sound, and the lagoonal bays of the south shore of Long Island-Great South Bay, Jamaica Bay, Moriches Bay, Hempstead Bay, and Shinnecock Bay.

How does the Ocean Action Plan relate to the New York Coastal Management Program's Atlantic Ocean Amendment?

The New York Department of State, working with stakeholders and State and federal partners, is mapping offshore uses and compiling resource data to identify offshore habitat areas and locations that may be best suited for offshore wind energy development. The Atlantic Ocean Amendment to the State's federally approved Coastal Management Program will provide information for a stronger New York voice in decisions on proposed federal actions in the ocean, including projects proposed well beyond State waters. The OAP will help to inform future Amendments to the State's Coastal Program.

Who is Leading the Ocean Action Plan Process?

The DEC and DOS are coordinating the implementation of the OAP. For more information please contact Sherryll Huber Jones at 631-444-0448 or Gregory Capobianco at 518-474-8811. You may also email with the subject line "Ocean Action Plan".

Funding Available for Public Shellfish Hatchery Projects

Public Shellfish Hatchery Engineering Analysis Grants (NYS Grants Gateway Application ID No. DEC01-EASHG3-2018)

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is pleased to announce funding for projects that will implement public shellfish hatchery expansion projects to improve Long Island's coastal water quality and bolster the economies and resiliency of coastal communities by restoring native shellfish populations to coastal waters.

Approximately $400,000 in grant funding will be available for public shellfish hatchery engineering analysis grants in Nassau and Suffolk counties.

Municipalities in Nassau and Suffolk counties, along with state or federally recognized Indian nations, are eligible to apply.
The engineering analysis grant funds are available for the development of a capital planning and operational engineering report, including an identification of facilities, equipment, staffing, and other operational costs associated with developing or re-establishing a shellfish hatchery intended to support environmental restoration and the commercial shellfish industry on Long Island. Such an analysis would evaluate alternatives, long-term economic sustainability and regulatory requirements necessary to implement shellfish hatchery expansion at the applicant's proposed location.

These funds are only available for an engineering analysis of a newly-proposed shellfish hatchery, or hatchery expansion or re-establishment, at an existing facility owned or purchased by the applicant. New construction projects on undeveloped property owned or purchased by the applicant are not eligible for funding through this grant opportunity.


Applications are due by May 9, 2018, 2:00 pm EST. Awards will be announced July 2018.

How to Apply

To apply for this opportunity, visit NYS Grants Gateway (link leaves DEC's website) and login to the 'Grants Gateway Login' and search "Available Opportunities" and look for the grant opportunity name listed above. If you are already logged in, click on "Apply for Grant Opportunity."

Applications must be submitted through the NYS Grants Gateway. Late applications will not be accepted. If you are experiencing any difficulties or require further assistance with the Grants Gateway, please contact the NYS Grants Reform help desk/hotline at (518) 474‐5595 or email

Please note: Applicants may submit only one application. Applicants receiving an award for Hatchery Improvements (NYS Grants Gateway Application ID No. DEC01-PSHEG-2017) are disqualified from receiving an additional award under this solicitation.

Questions regarding this grant opportunity can be sent to and will be accepted by the Department until May 2, 2018, 5:00 pm EST.

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