Ready, Set, Live! New Data and Updates are Ready

Posted December 12, 2018 by Caitlyn McCrary

The new data sets and updates are now live!(more...)

Call for Information and Nominations Offshore California

Posted December 11, 2018 by Caitlyn McCrary

BOEM published a call for information and nominations to identify companies interested in commercial wind energy leases within three proposed areas off central and northern California.(more...)

Fisheries Researchers Map Habitats for Offshore Wind Development

Posted December 4, 2018 by Caitlyn McCrary

NOAA Fisheries researchers are helping federal managers and developers with offshore wind energy(more...)

A 550-ton Floating Turbine Smashes Records in a Significant Step Forward for Tidal Power

Posted November 27, 2018 by Caitlyn McCrary

A tidal turbine has generated record levels of power production in its first year of testing.(more...)

Long Island Sound Blue Plan Open for Comments

Posted November 13, 2018 by Caitlyn McCrary

The Long Island Blue Plan was developed to protect traditional uses, minimize conflict, and maximize compatibility now and in the future.(more...)

Read the Spotlight on Ocean Energy Report

Posted November 6, 2018 by Caitlyn McCrary

Ocean Energy Systems (OES) has released the Spotlight on Ocean Energy report.(more...)

Ready, Set, Live! New Data and Updates are Ready

Posted October 31, 2018 by Caitlyn McCrary

The new data sets and updates are now live!(more...)

Stay Informed on Offshore Wind Development in the Northeast

Posted October 30, 2018 by Caitlyn McCrary

There is growing interest in the development of offshore wind energy resources in the Northeast.(more...)

Coming Soon: New Data and Updates

Posted October 24, 2018 by Caitlyn McCrary

The Marine Cadastre team is hard at work on another round of new data and updates to the registry and viewer. Come back here next week to see them live.(more...)

New Jersey Sets Goal of 3,500 Megawatts of Offshore Wind by 2030

Posted October 23, 2018 by Caitlyn McCrary

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy recently signed several legislative initiatives to enable the state's participation in the offshore wind economy.(more...)

Senators Introduce Bill to Establish Grant Program for Right Whale Conservation

Posted October 16, 2018 by Caitlyn McCrary

There are fewer than 450 North Atlantic Right Whales left in the world with a population that’s struggling to rebound due to overfishing(more...)

Visit BOEM at OCEANS 2018 in Charleston, South Carolina

Posted October 4, 2018 by Caitlyn McCrary

BOEM will have a booth at OCEANS 2018 in Charleston, South Carolina focusing on the use of current and emerging technologies and data systems in BOEM's Environmental Studies Program.(more...)

BOEM and NASA Announce HeroX Challenge

Posted October 9, 2018 by Caitlyn McCrary

BOEM and NASA have launched a challenge with HeroX to collect ideas for how to use emerging technology to improve animal tracking and data collection from the ocean.(more...)

NOAA Inducted to URISA Hall of Fame 2018 for Marine Cadastre and Beyond

Posted September 27, 2018 by Caitlyn McCrary

URISA announced the induction of one individual and one federal agency into its GIS Hall of Fame.(more...)

California Signs Memorandum of Understanding with Denmark on Offshore Wind

Posted September 18, 2018 by Caitlyn McCrary

The California Energy Commission announced a Memorandum of Understanding on offshore wind with the country of Denmark to receive data and information.(more...)

Massachusetts, Rhode Island Contract for 1.2 GW Offshore Wind Power

Posted September 11, 2018 by Caitlyn McCrary

Two states announced contracts for a combined total of 1.2 GW of offshore wind power.(more...)

Browse 1,000 Commercial Fishing Maps in MARCO’s Marine Planner

Posted September 4, 2018 by Caitlyn McCrary

Where do the fishing vessels passing through go?(more...)

BOEM and Partners Resume Atlantic Research

Posted August 28, 2018 by Caitlyn McCrary

Scientists are on a two week expedition for the next phase of the DEEP SEARCH project.(more...)

Using Spatial Data and Web Mapping Tools to Support Wind Energy Planning off the North Carolina Coast

Posted August 21, 2018 by Caitlyn McCrary

Many states are working to be prepared for offshore wind. In North Carolina, a task force gathered stakeholders to compare data and uses and minimize conflicts.(more...)

Supporting Wave Energy Permitting in California

Posted August 14, 2018 by Caitlyn McCrary

The state of California gets many permit requests for offshore wave energy siting.(more...)

Ready, Set, Live! New Data and Updates are Ready

Posted August 8, 2018 by Caitlyn McCrary

The new data sets and updates listed below are now live! (more...)

New Deal Benefits Conservationists and Fishermen on the West Coast

Posted August 7, 2018 by Caitlyn McCrary

The Pacific Fisheries Management Council approved a plan to keep nets out of sensitive areas while opening up prime fishing grounds.(more...)

Coming Soon: New Data and Updates

Posted August 1, 2018 by Caitlyn McCrary

The Marine Cadastre team is hard at work on another round of new data and updates to the registry and viewer. Come back here next week to see them live. (more...)

Reducing Whale Fatalities Along the California Coast

Posted July 31, 2018 by Caitlyn McCrary

To reduce negative impacts between large container ships and whales, managers worked together to compare shipping data from Marine Cadastre.(more...)

Marine Cadastre Team Receives Doug Nebert NSDI Champion of the Year Award

Posted July 26, 2018 by Caitlyn McCrary

The Marine Cadastre team was selected to receive the 2017 Doug D. Nebert National Spatial Data Infrastructure Champion of the Year Award.(more...)

South Atlantic Bight Marine Assessment Information Available

Posted July 24, 2018 by Caitlyn McCrary

The South Atlantic Bight Marine Assessment builds on decades of marine research and data collection to improve understanding of critical habitats(more...)

Providing Easy Access to Decades of Data for Better Atlantic Ocean Planning

Posted July 17, 2018 by Caitlyn McCrary

Online ocean planning data portals are very successful at providing the necessary data sets for managers to make informed planning decisions.(more...)

2016 AIS Data Now Available

Posted July 12, 2018 by Caitlyn McCrary

We are pleased to announce the release of the 2016 vessel tracking, or AIS, data for the nation.(more...)

California Takes a Stab at Offshore Wind

Posted July 10, 2018 by Caitlyn McCrary

Offshore wind on the West Coast adds additional challenges with deeper waters but floating turbines could solve the problem.(more...)

2015 AIS Data Now Available

Posted June 28, 2018 by Caitlyn McCrary

We are pleased to announce the release of the 2015 vessel tracking, or AIS, data for the nation.(more...)

Providing Easily Accessible Maps to Aid Ecosystem Restoration in the Gulf of Mexico

Posted June 26, 2018 by Caitlyn McCrary

The Gulf of Mexico faces multiple stressors that impacts the overall health of the Gulf.(more...)

Report: Estimated Contribution to Employment and Economic Development from Vineyard Wind Project

Posted June 19, 2018 by Caitlyn McCrary

The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth recently conducted analyses to determine the economic contributions that the proposed Vineyard Wind Offshore Wind Energy Projects can be expected to have(more...)

Mapping Recreational Uses of the Ocean in the Mid-Atlantic Region

Posted June 12, 2018 by Caitlyn McCrary

The ocean seems like a vast expanse with endless space for every type of use. However, many uses must share the same space, such as shipping, tourism, and recreation.(more...)

Fisheries Research Collaboration Announced with UMass Dartmouth's School for Marine Science and Technology and Offshore Wind Developer

Posted June 5, 2018 by Caitlyn McCrary

Offshore wind developer Vineyard Wind recently announced an agreement with the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's School for Marine Science and Technology(more...)

Informing Ocean Planning Efforts with Authoritative Data

Posted May 29, 2018 by Caitlyn McCrary

Smart ocean planning affects economic, security, and cultural interests.(more...)

Massachusetts Could Produce the Most Offshore Wind Energy

Posted May 22, 2018 by Caitlyn McCrary

Massachusetts’ offshore wind potential is equivalent to more than 19 times the state’s annual electricity consumption.(more...)

Creating Fisheries Regulatory Boundaries in the Gulf of Mexico

Posted May 15, 2018 by Caitlyn McCrary

The Southeast Regional Fisheries Office of NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service needed authoritative data to create geospatial files of fishery closures.(more...)

World’s First Floating Offshore Wind Farm Exceeds Expectation

Posted May 8, 2018 by Caitlyn McCrary

Hywind Scotland, the world’s first floating offshore wind farm, achieved a 65 percent capacity factor in the first three months of operation(more...)

Video Shows Marine Life Growing at Offshore Wind Farm

Posted May 1, 2018 by Caitlyn McCrary

New undersea video footage shows a vibrant marine habitat is growing at the base of the Block Island Wind Farm.(more...)

New Jersey Governor Signs Executive Order to Pursue Offshore Wind Power

Posted April 24, 2018 by Caitlyn McCrary

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed an executive order directing the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities to implement the Offshore Wind Economic Development Act(more...)

New York State Envisions $6 Billion Offshore Wind Energy Industry

Posted April 17, 2018 by Caitlyn McCrary

New York released a master plan for offshore wind energy in the state.(more...)

Another Round of AIS Data are on the Horizon

Posted April 10, 2018 by Caitlyn McCrary

Our team is currently processing nation-wide vessel traffic data for 2015 to 2017. We expect to have this available by late summer 2018 with data samples available this spring.(more...)

New Bedford, Massachusetts Prepares for the Offshore Wind Industry

Posted April 3, 2018 by Caitlyn McCrary

Massachusetts port city of New Bedford positions itself to service the offshore wind industry.(more...)

Maryland Energy Administration Announces Offshore Wind Business and Workforce Development Program Award Winners

Posted March 27, 2018 by Caitlyn McCrary

The Maryland Energy Administration announced awards for the 2018 Offshore Wind Business and the Offshore Wind Workforce Development grants.(more...)

Bird Tracking Study Reveals Some Tracks Cross Through Offshore Wind Areas

Posted March 20, 2018 by Caitlyn McCrary

The five year bird tracking study has shown some migration tracks pass through areas slated for offshore wind development but the birds don’t stay there.(more...)

Ready, Set, Live! New Data and Updates are Ready

Posted March 16, 2018 by Caitlyn McCrary

The new data sets and updates listed below are now live! Head over to the data registry or national viewer to check them out. Remember to clear your cache first.(more...)

Deepwater Wind Wants to Replace Massachusetts Old Fossil Fuel Plants with Renewable

Posted March 13, 2018 by Caitlyn McCrary

Massachusetts is retiring fossil fuel plants across the region and Deepwater Wind proposes to replace them with utility-scale renewable energy projects.(more...)

Coming Soon: New Data and Updates

Posted March 8, 2018 by Caitlyn McCrary

The Marine Cadastre team is hard at work on another round of new data and updates to the registry and viewer. Come back here next week to see them live. (more...)

$18.5 Million for Offshore Wind Energy Research from Department of Energy

Posted March 6, 2018 by Caitlyn McCrary

The Department of Energy announced $18.5 million in new funding for an offshore wind research and development(more...)

Marine Cadastre Team Receives Doug Nebert NSDI Champion of the Year Award

Posted March 1, 2018 by Caitlyn McCrary

The Marine Cadastre team was selected to receive the 2017 Doug D. Nebert National Spatial Data Infrastructure Champion of the Year Award from the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC).(more...)

Aerial Surveys Help the Carolinas Prepare for Offshore Wind

Posted February 20, 2018 by Caitlyn McCrary

Aerial surveys are collecting baseline data on wildlife off the coasts of North and South Carolina.(more...)

California Could Have Offshore Wind Potential

Posted February 20, 2018 by Caitlyn McCrary

California’s governor, Jerry Brown, talked with the owner of Statoil to consider building an offshore wind farm off the state’s coast.(more...)

Report: U.S. Job Creation in Offshore Wind

Posted February 13, 2018 by Caitlyn McCrary

The U.S. Job Creation in Offshore Wind report quantifies the job impacts and specifies the types of jobs to be created in the U.S.(more...)

Where the Wild Birds Are

Posted February 6, 2018 by Caitlyn McCrary

U.S. Fish and Wildlife biologists are working to tag and collect data on offshore bird species to inform offshore energy decisions and minimize impacts.(more...)

Report: Northeast Offshore Wind Regional Market Characterization

Posted January 30, 2018 by Caitlyn McCrary

A report from the Northeast Wind Resource Center identifies the opportunities and challenges that will shape the offshore wind market.(more...)

Updates Launched for the South Atlantic Conservation Blueprint

Posted January 23, 2018 by Caitlyn McCrary

The South Atlantic Conservation Blueprint is a living spatial plan to conserve natural and cultural resources for future generations.(more...)

Cleveland is on Track to Lead Offshore Wind Energy in the Great Lakes

Posted January 16, 2018 by Caitlyn McCrary

In 2019, Lake Erie will be the proving waters for the region’s first offshore wind farm(more...)

Deepwater Wind Announces Proposal to Establish Operations Hub in Massachusetts

Posted January 9, 2018 by Caitlyn McCrary

U.S. wind developer Deepwater Wind announced its proposal to establish a long-term operations hub in the city of New Bedford, Massachusetts(more...)

Massachusetts Clean Energy Center Assesses Offshore Wind Ports and Infrastructure

Posted January 2, 2018 by Caitlyn McCrary

The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center published the Massachusetts Offshore Wind Ports and Infrastructure Assessment to identify and assess waterfront sites(more...)

Washington State Releases Draft Marine Spatial Plan

Posted December 12, 2017 by Caitlyn McCrary

The Washington Marine Planning group released a draft marine spatial plan for the state’s waters. (more...)

U.S. Leads the World in Offshore Wind Turbine Testing

Posted December 12, 2017 by Caitlyn McCrary

The world’s most powerful offshore wind turbine will have all testing and verification done at Clemson University’s state of the art facility(more...)

Video: Mapping Risk in the Mid-Atlantic

Posted December 5, 2017 by Caitlyn McCrary

A webinar hosted by the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean (MARCO) dove into tools to map risk in the mid-Atlantic region(more...)

Ocean has Enough Wind Energy to Power Civilization

Posted November 28, 2017 by Caitlyn McCrary

The ocean has enough wind energy to power civilization, according to a new study.(more...)

Get it Now: Data and Updates are Live

Posted December 14, 2017 by Caitlyn McCrary

The new data sets and updates listed below are now live! Head over to the data registry or national viewer to check them out.(more...)

New York Officials Seek to Expand Offshore Wind Energy Projects

Posted November 14, 2017 by Caitlyn McCrary

New York officials proposed four new sites for offshore wind energy projects(more...)

Just Released - New Data and Updated Data Sets

Posted November 8, 2017 by Caitlyn McCrary

The new data sets and updates listed below are now live! Head over to the data registry or national viewer to check them out.(more...)

How Marine Planning Tools are Used Around the World

Posted November 7, 2017 by Caitlyn McCrary

There are 34 different decision support tools being used in 28 different marine spatial planning initiatives around the world.(more...)

Underwater Cable Survey Planned for Maine Project

Posted October 31, 2017 by Caitlyn McCrary

Maine to prepare for an underwater electricity cable for the Maine Aqua Ventus project.(more...)

New Legislation Aims to Reduce Ship Strikes on Whales

Posted October 24, 2017 by Caitlyn McCrary

On average, 80 endangered whales are killed each year in California waters. New legislation aims to reduce this number by (more...)

Three Developers Expected to Bid for Massachusetts First Offshore Wind Farm

Posted October 17, 2017 by Caitlyn McCrary

Massachusetts has pledged to get more energy from renewable sources and has tasked utilities to buy 1,600 megawatts of energy generated in waters off the coast.(more...)

More Turtles Than Expected for North Carolina Sand Project

Posted October 10, 2017 by Caitlyn McCrary

More sea turtles than expected have been relocated during the sand dredging project off the coast of North Carolina.(more...)

Using Night Vision for Bird and Bat Safe Offshore Wind

Posted October 3, 2017 by Caitlyn McCrary

The same technology that allows soldiers to see at night could also help find the best sites for offshore wind farms.(more...)

Bipartisan Legislation Introduced to Spur Offshore Wind Energy

Posted September 26, 2017 by Caitlyn McCrary

The Incentivized Offshore Wind Power Act was introduced with bipartisan support to encourage offshore wind power creation.(more...)

Ready, Set, Live! New Data and Updates are Ready

Posted September 25, 2017 by Caitlyn McCrary

The new data sets and updates listed below are now live!(more...)

Ready, Set, Live! New Data and Updates are Ready

Posted September 20, 2017 by Caitlyn McCrary

The new data sets and updates listed below are now live! Head over to the data registry or national viewer to check them out. (more...)

Emera Proposes Construction of Atlantic Link Project

Posted September 19, 2017 by Caitlyn McCrary

The Atlantic Link project, a 1,000 megawatt subsea transmission cable, is closer to becoming reality.(more...)

Report Explores Social Acceptance of and Lessons Learned from Offshore Wind

Posted September 12, 2017 by Caitlyn McCrary

Researchers from Oregon State University, the Island Institute, and the University of British Columbia published Will Communities (more...)

Coming Soon: New Data and Updates

Posted September 6, 2017 by Caitlyn McCrary

The Marine Cadastre team is hard at work on another round of new data and updates to the registry and viewer. Come back here next week to see them live.(more...)

Researchers to Study Feasibility of Gulf of Mexico Offshore Wind

Posted September 5, 2017 by Caitlyn McCrary

The Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) will conduct a survey to determine the feasibility of potential offshore renewable energy resources(more...)

East Coast States Moving Ahead with Offshore Wind Commitments

Posted August 29, 2017 by Caitlyn McCrary

Nine states have pledged to continue to meet climate goals set under the Paris agreement and for many, that means offshore wind.(more...)

Bay State Wind Receives Federal Approval for Offshore Wind

Posted August 22, 2017 by Caitlyn McCrary

Bay State Wind received approval from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management for its site assessment plan for an offshore wind project off the coast of Massachusetts.(more...)

Meet the MarineCadastre.gov Team

Posted August 9, 2017 by Caitlyn McCrary

Meet the MarineCadastre.gov team and learn more about their roles in this video.(more...)

BOEM Holding Oil and Gas Lease Auction on August 16, 2017

Posted August 15, 2017 by Caitlyn McCrary

On Wednesday, August 16, 2017, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) will host a lease sale in New Orleans, Louisiana for waters in the Gulf of Mexico.(more...)

MarineCadastre.gov Web Maps

Posted August 8, 2017 by Jodie Sprayberry

Mark Finkbeiner explains the difference between our selection of our web maps in this video.(more...)

Seafloor Survey of Pacific Northwest Done for Potential Offshore Projects

Posted August 08, 2017 by Caitlyn McCrary

Researchers at Oregon State University released a study on sediment and animals on the ocean floor in the Pacific Northwest that could aid future renewable energy projects.(more...)

The Power of Map Services

Posted August 7, 2017 by Jodie Sprayberry

Data Manager, Anna Verrill discusses the power of MarineCadastre.gov map services in this video.(more...)

Two Companies Team Up for Offshore Wind Development

Posted August 01, 2017 by Caitlyn McCrary

Dominion Energy Virginia signed an agreement to partner with Denmark’s Dong Energy to construct two 6-megawatt turbines 27 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach.(more...)

New Report on Socio-Economic Impact of Offshore Wind Development on Atlantic Fisheries

Posted July 18, 2017 by Caitlyn McCrary

Recognizing the importance that commercial and recreational fisheries play in the U.S. economy and to food supply(more...)

Learn About the Atlantic Link Project

Posted July 18, 2017 by Caitlyn McCrary

The Atlantic Link Project is a proposed high voltage transmission line that would deliver 900 MW of clean energy from Atlantic Canada directly to Massachusetts.(more...)

Self-Flying Drones and Wind Turbine Blades: The New Way of Collecting Data

Posted July 11, 2017 by Jodie Sprayberry

Climbing up to wind turbine blades to inspect them for damage can be dangerous and time-consuming.(more...)

Catalina Sea Ranch Closes on More Funding for Aquaculture Facility

Posted July 5, 2017 by Caitlyn McCrary

Catalina Sea Ranch, LLC closed on another $2 million in funding to increase their overall funding to $5 million.(more...)

BOEM Funds Study to Determine Effects of Block Island Wind Farm on Tourism

Posted June 27, 2017 by Caitlyn McCrary

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management awarded funds to the University of Rhode Island to conduct a study and collect empirical data(more...)

NOAA Plans to Open Federal Waters in the Pacific to Fish Farming

Posted June 20, 2017 by Caitlyn McCrary

As commercial fishing deals with its own set of problems, U.S. officials are working on a plan to expand fish farming into federal waters around the Pacific Ocean.(more...)

Ready. Set. Live! New Data Are Ready for You

Posted June 15, 2017 by Jodie Sprayberry

The new data sets are now live!(more...)

Working Together to Manage Offshore Sand Resources

Posted June 13, 2017 by Caitlyn McCrary

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers signed an agreement to enhance coordination on managing sand, gravel, and shell resources from the outer continental shelf.(more...)

Coming Soon: New Data

Posted June 8, 2017 by Jodie Sprayberry

The Marine Cadastre team is hard at work on another round of new data for the registry and viewer. Drop by next week to see them live.(more...)

Save the Date: National Academies-BOEM Committee on Offshore Science and Assessment Meeting

Posted June 6, 2017 by Caitlyn McCrary

The next meeting of the National Academies-Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Committee on Offshore Science and Assessment will take place on June 22-23 in Washington, D.C.(more...)

Ocean Frontiers III Film Spotlights U.S.’s First-Ever Regional Ocean Plans

Posted May 30, 2017 by Caitlyn McCrary

“Ocean Frontiers III” had its world premiere and screening at the Virginia Aquarium, with other screenings at NOAA and BOEM.(more...)

After the Auction, What are Next Steps for Offshore Wind in North Carolina?

Posted May 23, 2017 by Caitlyn McCrary

Avangrid beat three other companies for federal rights to develop 122,000 acres off the coast of North Carolina.(more...)

Fact Sheet Summarizes U.S. Wind Energy Federal Incentives, Funding, and Partnership Opportunities

Posted May 16, 2017 by Caitlyn McCrary

Wind power is steadily growing in the U.S. and now supplies more than 5% of the nation’s energy needs.(more...)

Ready for You: New Data

Posted May 1, 2017 by Jodie Sprayberry

The new data sets listed below are now live!(more...)

Coming Soon. New Data

Posted May 4, 2017 by Jodie Sprayberry

The Marine Cadastre team is hard at work on another round of new data for the registry and viewer. Come back here next week to see them live.(more...)

Best Practice Guide to Engaging the Coastal Web Atlas User Community

Posted May 2, 2017 by Caitlyn McCrary

The International Coastal Atlas Network strives to encourage and help facilitate the development of digital atlases throughout the world.(more...)

The Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association Celebrates 10 Years

Posted May 2, 2017 by Caitlyn McCrary

For the past 10 years, the Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association has worked to expand the Southeast coastal observing system and increase the awareness of the importance of coastal observing.(more...)

Floating Offshore Wind ー Which Coast Will Have it First?

Posted April 25, 2017 by Caitlyn McCrary

As floating wind farms near commercialization in other countries, momentum for this technology at deeper water sites in the U.S. is growing.(more...)

The U.S. Energy Grid Can Handle More Offshore Wind Power

Posted April 18, 2017 by Caitlyn McCrary

By using a simulation model, researchers from the University of Delaware and Princeton University found that (more...)

Ready, Set, Live! New Data and Updates are Ready

Posted April 12, 2017 by Caitlyn McCrary

The new data sets and updates listed below are now live!(more...)

International Offshore Wind Partnering Forum is April 19-21, 2017

Posted April 11, 2017 by Caitlyn McCrary

Bringing together people and companies from the engineering, construction, and manufacturing parts of the offshore wind energy industry.(more...)

Coming Soon: New Data and Updates

Posted April 5, 2017 by Caitlyn McCrary

The Marine Cadastre team is hard at work on another round of new data and updates to the registry and viewer. Come back here next week to see them live.(more...)

Video: Wave Energy Converter Simulation (WEC-Sim) Project

Posted April 4, 2017 by Caitlyn McCrary

Watch the video to get the inside scoop.(more...)

Researchers Assess Possible Offshore Wind Energy Sites in California

Posted March 30, 2017 by Caitlyn McCrary

Researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory used the laboratory’s Offshore Wind Cost Model to conduct a study identifying potential offshore wind sites in California.(more...)

BOEM Efforts to Collect and Analyze Offshore Wind Data in a Holistic Manner, as Demonstrated through the RODEO Study

Posted March 28, 2017 by Caitlyn McCrary

Learn more about the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management's Real-time Opportunity for Development Environmental Observations (RODEO) study in a webinar on March 28 at 11 a.m. ET.(more...)

Competitive Funding Available for Aquaculture Projects

Posted March 23, 2017 by Caitlyn McCrary

The 2017 Sea Grant Aquaculture Initiative includes two competitive funding opportunities.(more...)

AIS Track Builder Tool Updates

Posted March 22, 2017 by Caitlyn McCrary

We have updated MarineCadastre.gov Track Builder tool to work with the latest versions of ArcGIS – 10.4 and 10.5.(more...)

Energy Department Requests Public Input on Environmental Assessment Scope for New England Aqua Ventus I

Posted March 21, 2017 by Caitlyn McCrary

The Energy Department is requesting public input on the scope of an environmental assessment for New England Aqua Ventus I, an offshore wind energy demonstration project.(more...)

The Future of Wind, Oil, and Energy in America

Posted March 16, 2017 by Caitlyn McCrary

Listen in as experts from around the fields of wind energy and oil and gas discuss the future of energy in America.(more...)

A New Push for Offshore Wind Energy Off the Coast of Martha’s Vineyard

Posted March 14, 2017 by Caitlyn McCrary

In June, Massachusetts will solicit bids for a 400 MW offshore wind farm.(more...)

Ramboll Environ to Study Offshore Wind Energy Potential in Massachusetts

Posted March 9, 2017 by Caitlyn McCrary

Ramboll Environ secured a contract for studying unexploited offshore wind energy potential off the coast of Massachusetts.(more...)

A Draft Regional Action Plan for Climate Science in the South Atlantic

Posted March 7, 2017 by Caitlyn McCrary

NOAA Fisheries Southeast Fisheries Science Center developed a draft regional action plan for climate science in the South Atlantic.(more...)

Do You Need a New NOAA Nautical Chart?

Posted March 2, 2017 by Caitlyn McCrary

New update information service makes the decision to get an updated nautical chart easier than ever.(more...)

The Future Vision of Water Power for the Department of Energy

Posted February 28, 2017 by Caitlyn McCrary

Alejandro Moreno recently joined the Water Power Technologies Office as director and will lead the hydropower and marine and hydrokinetic portfolios.(more...)

Offshore Wind is Finally Taking Off in the U.S.

Posted February 23, 2017 by Caitlyn McCrary

The last 12 months have seen a lot of activity in the U.S. offshore wind market.(more...)

New York Announces an Ocean Action Plan

Posted February 21, 2017 by Caitlyn McCrary

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced the release of the state’s final Ocean Action Plan.(more...)

New York Decides to Build Nation’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm

Posted February 16, 2017 by Caitlyn McCrary

The New York governor announced state approval for a 90 megawatt offshore wind farm, which will be the nation’s largest once in service.(more...)

Ready, Set, Live! New Data and Updates are Ready

Posted February 15, 2017 by Caitlyn McCrary

The new data sets and updates are now live!(more...)

Interior Department to Auction Space Offshore of North Carolina for Wind Energy Development

Posted February 14, 2017 by Caitlyn McCrary

The Department of the Interior announced that 122,405 acres offshore of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina will be offered in a commercial wind lease sale(more...)

Congrats to These Ocean Management Planning Teams

Posted February 09, 2017 by Caitlyn McCrary

The Rhode Island Special Area Management Planning Team, the Mid-Atlantic Regional Ocean Planning Body, and the Northeast Regional Ocean Planning Body all won the 2017 Excellence in Solutions award(more...)

Coming Soon: New Data and Updates

Posted February 8, 2017 by Caitlyn McCrary

The Marine Cadastre team is hard at work on another round of new data and updates to the registry and viewer. Come back here next week to see them live. (more...)

Meet the West Coast Partnership

Posted February 07, 2017 by Caitlyn McCrary

The West Coast Ocean Partnership is a state, tribal, and federal forum for fostering dialogue on ocean health.(more...)

Save the Date: Best Management Practices Workshop for Atlantic Offshore Wind Facilities, March 7-9

Posted February 02, 2017 by Caitlyn McCrary

Get involved by reviewing all the stakeholder engagement opportunities for activities in the Atlantic Ocean from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.(more...)

A Citizen’s Guide to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s Renewable Energy Authorization Process

Posted January 31, 2017 by Caitlyn McCrary

For most, the process for overseeing renewable energy projects on the outer continental shelf and finding ways to get involved seems daunting.(more...)

The Department of Energy is Investing in a Wave Energy Test Facility

Posted January 26, 2017 by Caitlyn McCrary

The Energy Department awarded up to $40 million to design, permit, and construct an open-water, grid-connected national wave energy testing facility.(more...)

Plan for Ocean Research in the Coming Decade Now Available

Posted January 24, 2017 by Caitlyn McCrary

The National Science Foundation is developing a 10 year ocean research plan.(more...)

Creating and Using Data Portals to Support Ocean Planning

Posted January 19, 2017 by Caitlyn McCrary

A report from SeaPlan discusses the challenges and best practices from the Northeast U.S. and elsewhere(more...)

Recently Surveyed Wildlife Data for Offshore New York

Posted January 17, 2017 by Caitlyn McCrary

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority completed the first two phases of an aerial survey of wildlife(more...)

West Coast Update on Federal Marine Spatial Planning

Posted January 12, 2017 by Caitlyn McCrary

Register now for a webinar highlighting the updates on West Coast federal marine spatial planning efforts.(more...)

Don’t Miss the Ocean Planning Special Interest Meeting at GeoTools

Posted January 11, 2017 by Caitlyn McCrary

Join members of the Marine Cadastre team, Duke University, and the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast portal teams on Monday, February 6(more...)

Funding Opportunity for Marine and Hydrokinetic Research and Development Projects

Posted January 10, 2017 by Caitlyn McCrary

The Department of Energy is awarding up to $12 million to support innovation in marine and hydrokinetic technology.(more...)

A Citizen’s Guide to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s Renewable Energy Authorization Process

Posted January 6, 2017 by Jodie Sprayberry

This guide is intended to help the public understand the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s (BOEM) process(more...)

Deepwater Wind Just Launched with Turbines Twice the Size of the Statue of Liberty

Posted January 5, 2017 by Caitlyn McCrary

Five massive wind turbines are now up and running in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Block Island.(more...)

The Nation’s First Ocean Plans are Approved

Posted January 3, 2017 by Caitlyn McCrary

On December 7, the National Ocean Council finalized the nation’s first ocean plans, one for the mid-Atlantic and one for the Northeast.(more...)

BOEM Auctions Area Offshore New York for Wind Energy Development

Posted December 22, 2016 by Caitlyn McCrary

Interior Department’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) today held the nation’s sixth competitive lease sale for renewable energy in federal waters(more...)

Public Comments Sought on Maryland Offshore Wind Proposal

Posted December 20, 2016 by Caitlyn McCrary

The Maryland Public Service Commission has started the 180-day proceeding to evaluate offshore wind project proposals, and the public is invited to chime in.(more...)

Offshore Wind Energy Looks to Space for Insights

Posted December 15, 2016 by Caitlyn McCrary

Offshore wind energy and the space industry might not seem like logical partners, but offshore wind experts in the UK are on a ‘space exploration mission’(more...)

Ready, Set, Live! New Data and Updates are Ready

Posted December 14, 2016 by Caitlyn McCrary

The new data sets and updates listed below are now live!(more...)

Maryland Waters Could Soon be Adding Offshore Wind

Posted December 13, 2016 by Caitlyn McCrary

The Maryland Offshore Energy Wind Act in 2013 opened doors to get the renewable energy market to consider waters off the coast of Maryland.(more...)

Marine Mammal and Bird Data Changes Starting December 14

Posted December 13, 2016 by Jodie Sprayberry

Over the coming months, we will be making significant changes to the marine mammal and bird data available on MarineCadastre.gov.(more...)

Study Says Subsea Power Cables Don’t Affect Animals

Posted December 8, 2016 by Caitlyn McCrary

According to a study by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, the electromagnetic fields emanating from submerged power cables don’t have a significant impact on fish and invertebrates.(more...)

Coming Soon: New Data and Updates

Posted December 7, 2016 by Caitlyn McCrary

The Marine Cadastre team is hard at work on another round of new data and updates to the registry and viewer. Come back here next week to see them live.(more...)

West Coast Gets Start on Ocean Planning

Posted December 6, 2016 by Caitlyn McCrary

The West Coast Regional Planning Body held its first official meeting in Portland, Oregon to discuss next steps for ocean planning off the West Coast.(more...)

Next U.S. Offshore Wind Farm Could be in Lake Erie

Posted December 1, 2016 by Caitlyn McCrary

The next U.S. offshore wind farm could be almost 500 miles from the nearest ocean.(more...)

Over 79,000 Acres Offshore of New York Set for Auction

Posted November 29, 2016 by Caitlyn McCrary

Over 79,000 acres offshore of New York will be offered in a December 15 commercial wind lease sale.(more...)

Floating Wind Turbine Platforms Show Promise

Posted November 22, 2016 by Caitlyn McCrary

As offshore wind gains popularity, engineers seek to make farms more financially, aesthetically, and environmentally viable, therefore turning to floating turbines.(more...)

Congrats to Esri Chief Scientist Dr. Dawn Wright

Posted November 17, 2016 by Caitlyn McCrary

Esri chief scientist Dr. Dawn Wright has been named a 2016 fellow of the Geological Society of America.(more...)

Atlantic Ocean Energy and Mineral Science Forum

Posted November 14, 2016 by Caitlyn McCrary

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is hosting the Atlantic Ocean Energy and Mineral Science Forum in Sterling, Virginia on November 16-17, 2016.(more...)

Rotor Blades for Offshore Wind Turbines Made of Plastic Foams?

Posted November 10, 2016 by Caitlyn McCrary

As wind turbines move offshore, their size continues to grow.(more...)

Ready, Set, Live! New Data and Updates are Ready

Posted November 9, 2016 by Caitlyn McCrary

The new data sets and updates listed below are now live!(more...)

Developer for North Carolina Offshore Wind Farm to be Picked in 2017

Posted November 8, 2016 by Caitlyn McCrary

Federal officials expect to select a developer in the first half of 2017 for the offshore wind farm off the coast of Kitty Hawk in North Carolina.(more...)

Report: Insights on Industry Engagement from Marine Recreational Use Studies in the Northeast U.S.

Posted November 3, 2016 by Caitlyn McCrary

Ocean planning isn’t complete without information from the recreational use sector.(more...)

Coming Soon: New Data and Updates

Posted November 2, 2016 by Caitlyn McCrary

The Marine Cadastre team is hard at work on another round of new data and updates to the registry and viewer. Come back here next week to see them live.(more...)

Third “Our Ocean” Conference Announced Over 136 New Initiatives

Posted November 1, 2016 by Caitlyn McCrary

Participants of the third Our Ocean conference held in Washington, D.C. back in September, announced over 136 new initiatives on marine conservation and protection valued at more than $5.24 billion.(more...)

New York State Releases Offshore Wind Energy Plan

Posted October 27, 2016 by Caitlyn McCrary

The Governor of New York released an offshore wind energy blueprint that could lead to a proposed 90-megawatt, 15 turbine wind farm 30 miles east of Montauk.(more...)

Webinar Today: Northeast Ocean Planning and Offshore Wind

Posted October 20, 2016 by Caitlyn McCrary

Join at 1 p.m. EDT as the Northeast Wind Resource Center discusses how ocean planning can help advance offshore wind development.(more...)

Computing America’s Offshore Wind Energy Potential

Posted October 13, 2016 by Caitlyn McCrary

The Department of Energy and Department of Interior worked together to update the estimate of offshore wind energy potential in the U.S. using new data and advancing offshore wind technologies.(more...)

Energy Department Leads International Efforts in Ocean Energy

Posted October 11, 2016 by Caitlyn McCrary

The Department of Energy’s efforts to advance wave and tidal energy are making the U.S. into a global leader in the field.(more...)

National Offshore Wind Strategy Released

Posted October 4, 2016 by Caitlyn McCrary

Offshore wind energy has the potential to provide the U.S. with a clean, abundant, domestic energy resource.(more...)

Three North Carolina Towns are Getting Federal Sand for Renourishment

Posted September 29, 2016 by Caitlyn McCrary

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management signed an agreement with Dare County, North Carolina to provide up to 4.825 million cubic yards of sand from federal waters(more...)

Over 122,000 Acres Released for Offshore Wind in North Carolina

Posted September 27, 2016 by Caitlyn McCrary

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management recently released over 122,000 acres off the coast of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina for wind energy development.(more...)

Up to $40 Million for an Open-Water Wave Energy Test Site from Energy Department

Posted September 22, 2016 by Caitlyn McCrary

The Department of Energy announced up to $40 million in available funding to support site selection, design, permitting, and construction of a national open-water, wave energy testing facility.(more...)

Energy Department Awards More than $20 Million for Wave and Tidal Energy Projects

Posted September 20, 2016 by Caitlyn McCrary

Ten organizations were selected to receive more than $20 million in funding from the Department of Energy for new research, development, and demonstration projects (more...)

Ready, Set, Live! New Data and Updates are Ready

Posted September 14, 2016 by Caitlyn McCrary

The new data sets and updates listed below are now live! Head over to the data registry or national viewer to check them out.(more...)

Hawaii Looks to Offshore Wind Energy to Meet Clean Energy Goals

Posted September 15, 2016 by Caitlyn McCrary

The state of Hawaii set a 100% clean energy goal by 2045 and is looking to offshore wind energy to help get them there.(more...)

UMaine Helping Make Advancements to Offshore Wind in Maine

Posted September 13, 2016 by Caitlyn McCrary

A few years ago the University of Maine put a 1:8 scale model of a floating turbine in the water off the coast to test how it would hold up.(more...)

Request for Interest Announced for Space off the Coast of California

Posted September 8, 2016 by Caitlyn McCrary

Offshore wind energy development off the coast of California took another step forward when the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management released a request for interest.(more...)

Coming Soon: New Data and Updates

Posted September 7, 2016 by Caitlyn McCrary

The Marine Cadastre team is hard at work on another round of new data and updates to the registry and viewer. Come back here next week to see them live.(more...)

BOEM Announces Environmental Study Reports Posted During the Third Quarter FY 2016

Posted September 6, 2016 by Caitlyn McCrary

The Department of Interior announced a proposed lease sale for 122,405 acres offshore of North Carolina for commercial wind energy leasing.(more...)

Interior Announces Proposed Lease Sale for North Carolina Wind Energy Area

Posted September 1, 2016 by Caitlyn McCrary

The Department of Interior announced a proposed lease sale for 122,405 acres offshore of North Carolina for commercial wind energy leasing.(more...)

U.S.’s First Offshore Wind Turbines Installed

Posted August 30, 2016 by Caitlyn McCrary

So far, the U.S. has 70 gigawatts of wind power and all of it is on land.(more...)

Massachusetts Law Could Boost U.S.’s Offshore Wind Industry

Posted August 25, 2016 by Caitlyn McCrary

Massachusetts signed a new energy law that could boost the entire country’s offshore wind industry.(more...)

Comment Period Open for Cook Inlet Oil and Gas Lease

Posted August 23, 2016 by Caitlyn McCrary

Comment now on the oil and gas lease plan for the Cook Inlet.(more...)

New York Plans Largest U.S. Offshore Wind Farm

Posted August 18, 2016 by Caitlyn McCrary

Deepwater Wind has plans beyond their current project.(more...)

Remote Data Collected by High-Tech Research Buoy Now Available to Offshore Wind Industry

Posted August 16, 2016 by Caitlyn McCrary

One of the two research buoys commissioned by the Energy Department's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory ended a 19-month deployment(more...)

Growing Sea Plants like Seagrass Can Help Slow Ocean Acidification

Posted August 11, 2016 by Caitlyn McCrary

New research shows that kelp, eelgrass, and other ocean vegetation can absorb ocean carbon dioxide and help slow ocean acidification.(more...)

Finding Detailed Lobster Fishing Data can be Difficult, Sometimes on Purpose

Posted August 9, 2016 by Caitlyn McCrary

Accurate data is vital to offshore energy siting but sometimes finding high quality data can be difficult.(more...)

Register Now: AWEA Offshore WINDPOWER 2016

Posted August 4, 2016 by Caitlyn McCrary

Register now for the American Wind Energy Association’s Offshore WINDPOWER 2016 in Warwick, Rhode Island from October 25-26, 2016.(more...)

International Offshore Wind Partnering Forum, October 2-5, 2016

Posted August 2, 2016 by Caitlyn McCrary

Offshore wind is the work of many. Connect with 75 different businesses and find ways to make the process of siting, constructing, and deploying offshore wind more efficient.(more...)

Behind the Scenes at the Collegiate Department of Energy Wind Competition

Posted July 28, 2016 by Caitlyn McCrary

Watch the video and follow three collegiate teams as they compete in the Department of Energy’s Wind Competition in New Orleans.(more...)

Interact with Natural Resource Data

Posted July 26, 2016 by Caitlyn McCrary

The United States Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative allows users to interact with a variety of natural resource data.(more...)

The World’s Most Valuable Resource Could be Sand

Posted July 21, 2016 by Caitlyn McCrary

Humans use more sand than any other natural resources besides water and air.(more...)

Deepwater Wind Gets 240-Foot Turbine Blades

Posted July 19, 2016 by Caitlyn McCrary

Dockworkers have been hard at work unloading 15, 240-foot wind turbine blades for the Deepwater Wind project off the coast of Block Island.(more...)

New Legislation to Jump Start Offshore Wind Energy in the U.S.

Posted July 14, 2016 by Caitlyn McCrary

The European offshore wind sector steadily grows while the U.S. sector is still getting off the ground.(more...)

Ready, Set, Live! New Data and Updates are Ready

Posted July 13, 2016 by Caitlyn McCrary

The new data sets and updates listed below are now live!(more...)

Help Improve the Coastal and Marine Ecological Classification Standard

Posted July 12, 2016 by Caitlyn McCrary

The Coastal and Marine Ecological Classification Standard (CMECS) team values suggestions from the user community(more...)

Coming Soon: New Data and Updates

Posted July 6, 2016 by Caitlyn McCrary

The Marine Cadastre team is hard at work on another round of new data and updates to the registry and viewer. Come back here next week to see them live.(more...)

Open for Public Comment: Northeast’s First Draft Ocean Plan

Posted June 28, 2016 by Caitlyn McCrary

The draft Northeast Ocean Plan is now open for public comment, enabling more transparent, informed, and coordinated ocean decisions for New England waters.(more...)

Cleveland Soon to be Home to Nation’s First Freshwater Offshore Wind Farm

Posted June 23, 2016 by Caitlyn McCrary

The U.S.’s first freshwater wind farm received a boost from the Department of Energy in the form of $40 million.(more...)

Feds Decide to Make Offshore Wind Decisions Regional for North and South Carolina

Posted June 21, 2016 by Caitlyn McCrary

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management moved to define a single common approach for North and South Carolina wind energy areas by creating a joint task force.(more...)

Report Investigates Interactions Between Fisheries and Offshore Wind

Posted June 16, 2016 by Caitlyn McCrary

Developers of the Block Island Wind Farm knew interactions between the development and fisheries were inevitable(more...)

New Jersey Company Seeks Offshore Wind Lease Off the Coast of Charleston

Posted June 14, 2016 by Caitlyn McCrary

Fisherman’s Energy is one of two companies looking at leases 10 miles off the coast of Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge and two smaller stretches 20 miles off the coast of Charleston Harbor.(more...)

Massachusetts Considering Bill to Jumpstart Offshore Wind Energy

Posted June 9, 2016 by Caitlyn McCrary

A bill in Massachusetts would help spur a $10 billion energy spending spree.(more...)

Offshore Wind in California has High Potential for Jobs and Economic Impact

Posted June 7, 2016 by Caitlyn McCrary

A report from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management investigated the possible impacts of offshore wind energy off the coast of California.(more...)

New Maps Highlight California Seafloor

Posted May 31, 2016 by Caitlyn McCrary

New data and maps from the U.S. Geological Survey highlight the offshore bathymetry, habitats, geology, and seafloor environment off the coast of California. (more...)

Local Charter Company Helps Block Island Wind Farm

Posted June 2, 2016 by Caitlyn McCrary

Atlantic Wind Charters recently started on a 20 year deal to help services the Block Island Wind Farm.(more...)

Explore the Marine and Fishery Resources of the South Atlantic Bight

Posted May 24, 2016 by Caitlyn McCrary

The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council has a dashboard of projects and datasets to support offshore planning in the region.(more...)

America’s Next Offshore Wind Farm Could be Virginia Coast

Posted May 26, 2016 by Caitlyn McCrary

The next windfarm in the U.S. could be off the coast of Virginia. A research project for that area received approval from the federal government.(more...)

Energy Storage Solutions for Offshore Wind Energy

Posted May 19, 2016 by Caitlyn McCrary

Energy storage for renewable energy plays a crucial role in providing the consistent energy that users need.(more...)

Understanding Turbulence to Help Tidal Energy

Posted May 17, 2016 by Caitlyn McCrary

Just like with wind energy, turbulence can interact with collecting tidal energy.(more...)

Using Geospatial Information to Make More Persuasive Effects Arguments

Posted May 12, 2016 by Megan Treml

In this webinar, participants will hear from NOAA's National Interest Team on the dos and don'ts of making effective arguments(more...)

Oil and Gas Impacts Minor in Alaska’s Cook Inlet

Posted May 12, 2016 by Caitlyn McCrary

According to a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration study, the impacts to marine mammals from oil and gas in Alaska’s Cook Inlet will be minor.(more...)

Now’s the Time: Get New Data and Updates

Posted May 11, 2016 by Caitlyn McCrary

The Marine Cadastre team is finishing up another round of adding new and updated data sets to the registry and viewer. Come back here next week to see them live.(more...)

Learn How Wave Energy Technology Works

Posted May 10, 2016 by Caitlyn McCrary

This video walks through the technology behind one form of wave energy collection that uses a buoy tethered to the seafloor.(more...)

The Giant Magnet for America’s First Offshore Wind Farm

Posted May 5, 2016 by Caitlyn McCrary

A six-megawatt direct-drive generator equipped with a huge permanent magnet rotor, one of the largest of its kind, was built for America’s first offshore wind farm.(more...)

New and Updated Data Coming Next Week

Posted May 4, 2016 by Caitlyn McCrary

The Marine Cadastre team is finishing up another round of adding new and updated data sets to the registry and viewer. Come back here next week to see them live.(more...)

Offshore Wind Energy Areas Defined for New York

Posted May 3, 2016 by Caitlyn McCrary

An area about 11 miles south of Long Island, New York was defined as a Wind Energy Area through the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.(more...)

New Research Aims to Make Floating Wind Farms Better

Posted April 26, 2016 by Caitlyn McCrary

A team of researchers is working on a new system to connect floating offshore wind turbines with a network of anchors to reduce costs.(more...)

California Moving Forward with Offshore Wind Energy

Posted April 21, 2016 by Caitlyn McCrary

The Morro Bay Power Plant has been out of commission for the last three years.(more...)

A Third Lease Request Received for Offshore of Hawaii

Posted April 19, 2016 by Caitlyn McCrary

An offshore wind farm off the coast of Hawaii is moving forward after the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is currently processing the 400 megawatt lease application.(more...)

Mid Atlantic Regional Ocean Assessment Released

Posted April 14, 2016 by Caitlyn McCrary

The Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean released its Regional Ocean Assessment.(more...)

Bonus Data Updates are Now Live!

Posted April 13, 2016 by Caitlyn McCrary

Our data managers just couldn’t wait to bring you these data updates. They’ll go live next week so stay tuned.(more...)

Streamlining Offshore Wind Development for Georgia

Posted April 12, 2016 by Caitlyn McCrary

Georgia has tremendous offshore wind energy potential, however with any offshore wind effort, there are a variety of factors and potential conflicts to resolve.(more...)

Energy Department Announces $22 Million for Marine Energy Projects

Posted April 7, 2016 by Caitlyn McCrary

The Energy Department announced a $22 million funding opportunity for new research, development, and demonstration project to advance marine and hydrokinetic (MHK) energy systems.(more...)

Bonus Data Updates Go Live Next Week

Posted April 6, 2016 by Caitlyn McCrary

Our data managers just couldn’t wait to bring you these data updates. They’ll go live next week so stay tuned.(more...)

Maryland Opens Comment Period on Offshore Wind Applications

Posted April 5, 2016 by Caitlyn McCrary

The first application for a wind project off the coast of Maryland has been filed and the 180-day comment period is now open.(more...)

Brooklyn Site Said to be Considered for Offshore Wind Base

Posted March 31, 2016 by Caitlyn McCrary

DeepWater Wind LLC is looking at a site in Brooklyn as a staging ground for another offshore wind project they are pursuing.(more...)

International Offshore Wind Partnering Forum in October, 2016

Posted March 24, 2016 by Caitlyn McCrary

Offshore wind energy is the work of many groups: engineering, construction, manufacturing, and planning.(more...)

Eagles Participate in Wind Turbine Research

Posted March 22, 2016 by Caitlyn McCrary

The University of Auburn’s War Eagles took a trip to Colorado to visit the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and participate in research to further understand the interactions between wind turbines and birds.(more...)

Marine Planning Advancement Training Course

Posted March 17, 2016 by Caitlyn McCrary

Marine planning is key way for ocean managers to address guidelines laid out in the National Ocean Policy to give states and communities greater input and promote economic growth.(more...)

New Data and Updates are Live!

Posted March 16, 2016 by Caitlyn McCrary

The new data sets and updates listed below are now live! (more...)

Tools and Best Practices for Cooperation

Posted March 15, 2016 by Caitlyn McCrary

As offshore wind development gains momentum in the U.S., agencies and organizations aim to ensure compatibility with existing ocean uses.(more...)

Congrats to “Atlantic Canyons: Pathways to the Abyss”

Posted March 10, 2016 by Caitlyn McCrary

The recent exploration and mapping of two deep-water offshore canyons received the National Oceanic Partnership Program’s 2015 Excellence in Partnership Award.(more...)

Stay Tuned, New Data and Updates Coming Soon

Posted March 9, 2016 by Caitlyn McCrary

New data and updates are on their way from our data managers to you!(more...)

Live Chat to Help Marine Planners Get a Better Night’s Sleep

Posted March 8, 2016 by Caitlyn McCrary

Learn how leaders in the field of ocean planning tackle the sectors’ toughest issues and stop tossing and turning for the answers at night.(more...)

Mid-Atlantic States Present Ocean Data Products

Posted March 3, 2016 by Caitlyn McCrary

The Mid Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean (MARCO) released a variety of ocean data products with the intent to enhance offshore ocean planning in the region.(more...)

The Marine Cadastre Data Portal and Viewer

Posted March 1, 2016 by Caitlyn McCrary

Watch this video from Esri for the basics of our data registry and viewer.(more...)

Wind Lease for Offshore Kitty Hawk This Year

Posted March 1, 2016 by Caitlyn McCrary

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management will likely release tracks offshore of Kitty Hawk for wind energy by the end of the year.(more...)

Offshore Wind Resources for the Northeastern U.S. in One Place

Posted February 25, 2016 by Caitlyn McCrary

The Northeast Wind Resource Center is a one stop shop for all things onshore and offshore wind in the Northeast region.(more...)

New Wind Turbine Design Would Generate Even More Energy

Posted February 23, 2016 by Caitlyn McCrary

A new offshore wind turbine design would bring 50 megawatt turbines to the U.S. and the world.(more...)

Denmark Broke the World Record for Wind Power in 2015

Posted February 18, 2016 by Caitlyn McCrary

Congrats are in order to Denmark!(more...)

Save the Date for the Next Mid Atlantic Regional Planning Meeting

Posted February 16, 2016 by Caitlyn McCrary

The next in-person Mid Atlantic Regional Planning Body public meeting and workshop is March 22-24, 2016 in Baltimore, Maryland.(more...)

Celebrating Wind Energy and Water Power Milestones

Posted February 11, 2016 by Caitlyn McCrary

It was a big year for renewable energy in the U.S. in 2015.(more...)

New Data and Updates are Live!

Posted February 10, 2016 by Caitlyn McCrary

The new data sets and updates listed below are now live!(more...)

Three Marine Energy Conferences in One, April 25-27, 2016

Posted February 9, 2016 by Caitlyn McCrary

Attend the National Hydropower Association Waterpower Week in Washington, D.C. and get three conferences in one.(more...)

Best Practices for Engaging Communities in Offshore Wind

Posted February 4, 2016 by Caitlyn McCrary

With several offshore wind farms under consideration off the East Coast, offshore wind looks to be a viable source of energy(more...)

New Data and Updates are on Their Way

Posted February 2, 2016 by Caitlyn McCrary

New data and updates are on their way from our data managers to you! See the list below and stay tuned for their release. (more...)

Energy Department Awards Additional Funds to Two Projects

Posted February 2, 2016 by Caitlyn McCrary

Both the Aqua Ventus project in Maine and the Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation (LEEDCo) in Lake Erie received grants from the Department of Energy(more...)

MARCO Seeks Ocean Data Information Manager

Posted January 28, 2016 by Caitlyn McCrary

The Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean (MARCO) is seeking a GIS professional(more...)

Palm Tree Inspired Offshore Wind Turbines Could be the Future

Posted January 26, 2016 by Jodie Sprayberry

Have you ever watched a palm tree in a storm? It protects itself by allowing its leaves to fold in and become more aerodynamic.(more...)

New Technology Measures Offshore Wind and Reduces Costs

Posted January 21, 2016 by Caitlyn McCrary

A new wind measurement buoy utilizes lidar to effectively measure wind speeds that were traditionally measured using wind met masts.(more...)

Lake Erie Wind Energy Find a New Backer

Posted January 19, 2016 by Caitlyn McCrary

Wind energy off the coast of Cleveland, Ohio took a giant leap with a European energy conglomerate pledging to buy and possibly build an offshore wind farm, eight to ten miles off the coast.(more...)

Discovering the Depths of the Ocean

Posted January 14, 2016 by Caitlyn McCrary

Researchers never know what they will find when they start out to explore the ocean.(more...)

Tropical Cyclone Wind Exposure

Posted January 12, 2016 by Caitlyn McCrary

Tropical cyclones frequently affect the offshore and coastal waters of the U.S. The exposure of marine waters to tropical cyclones varies by storm, year, and locality, and winds associated with these storms(more...)

Updates in 2016 for MARCO

Posted January 12, 2016 by Caitlyn McCrary

2016 is shaping up to be a big year for the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean.(more...)

AWEA Wind Project Siting and Environmental Compliance Conference 2016

Posted January 7, 2016 by Caitlyn McCrary

Join leaders from the wind industry, environmental permitting and compliance sector, scientific community, and regulatory officials(more...)

Wind Technology Resource Center from Department of Energy

Posted January 5, 2016 by Caitlyn McCrary

Use the Wind Technology Resource Center to find technical resources from the Energy Department(more...)

Maine Pilot Project Receives $3.7 Million Award

Posted December 29, 2015 by Caitlyn McCrary

The Department of Energy committed $3.7 million to the Maine Aqua Ventus project, an experimental floating deep-water offshore wind project off the coast of Castine, Maine.(more...)

Huge Wind Farm Off Martha’s Vineyard Proposed

Posted December 22, 2015 by Caitlyn McCrary

A European energy company is proposing what could be the largest American offshore wind farm 15 miles off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard.(more...)

Finding and Using MarineCadastre.gov Vessel Tracking Data

Posted December 18, 2015 by Anna Verrill

Watch this presentation by our data steward, Anna Verrill, which she delivered at the Esri Ocean GIS Forum.(more...)

The New MarineCadastre.gov from Every Angle

Posted December 17, 2015 by Jodie Sprayberry

Watch this presentation by Christine Taylor, which she delivered at the Esri Ocean GIS Forum.(more...)

Proposal in the Works for California’s First Offshore Wind Farm

Posted December 17, 2015 by Caitlyn McCrary

A Seattle company is proposing to build the first offshore wind farm off California’s coast.(more...)

Innovative Study Helps Offshore Wind Developers Protect Wildlife

Posted December 15, 2015 by Caitlyn McCrary

A first-of-its-kind comprehensive study of birds and aquatic animal distribution along the East Coast of the U.S. better prepares this region for offshore wind development.(more...)

Offshore Wind in the U.S. - A Space to Watch

Posted December 10, 2015 by Caitlyn McCrary

With the first offshore wind project in the U.S. scheduled to go online next year, all eyes are looking to the future.(more...)

New Data and Updates are Live!

Posted December 9, 2015 by Caitlyn McCrary

The new data sets and updates listed below are now live!(more...)

Ocean Stories: Preserving the Mid-Atlantic’s Telecommunications Superhighway

Posted December 8, 2015 by Caitlyn McCrary

The speed and consistency that we are able to make phone calls and access information online is supported by a large network of cables, many of which are unseen by most end users.(more...)

Another Offshore Wind Farm Proposed for Oahu Waters

Posted December 3, 2015 by Caitlyn McCrary

New plans for a 400 megawatt project located 10 miles off the coast of West Oahu are in development.(more...)

New Data and Updates are Almost Here!

Posted December 2, 2015 by Caitlyn McCrary

Get ready for all the new data and data set updates coming next week! It’s a nice long list.(more...)

The U.S. Attempts to Accelerate Offshore Wind Development

Posted December 1, 2015 by Caitlyn McCrary

The Department of Energy has awarded funding to New York, Maine, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts to increase offshore wind energy in the region.(more...)

U.S. Offshore Wind Energy Industry Growing in Potential

Posted November 24, 2015 by Caitlyn McCrary

As Deepwater Wind continues construction, 20 other projects are in the development phase for offshore wind farms in the U.S. totaling 15,650 megawatts of potential energy.(more...)

Research into the Effects of Offshore Wind Farm Construction on the Environment

Posted November 19, 2015 by Caitlyn McCrary

As the first U.S. offshore wind energy turbines go into the water, it gives environmental compliance organizations a chance to research the effects of the construction firsthand.(more...)

Top 20 Teams Announced for Wave Energy Contest

Posted November 17, 2015 by Caitlyn McCrary

The Department of Energy is hosting a wave energy contest.(more...)

New Report Investigates Costs of Generating Electricity

Posted October 22, 2015 by Caitlyn McCrary

Thirteen companies are qualified to bid on leases for 344,000 acres offshore of New Jersey.(more...)

Clean Energy Jobs: Quarter 2 Report

Posted October 20, 2015 by Caitlyn McCrary

In the second quarter of 2015, nearly 40 clean energy and clean transportation projects were announced across 22 states.(more...)

Department of Interior Hosting Another Offshore Wind Auction

Posted October 15, 2015 by Caitlyn McCrary

Thirteen companies are qualified to bid on leases for 344,000 acres offshore of New Jersey.(more...)

New Atlas Gives Access to Wind Energy Data in the Great Lakes

Posted October 13, 2015 by Caitlyn McCrary

A new atlas for the Great Lakes provides wind energy potential information for the region.(more...)

Major Step Forward for Renewable Energy Offshore of North Carolina

Posted October 8, 2015 by Caitlyn McCrary

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management released the environmental assessment under the National Environmental Protection Act that found no significant environmental or socioeconomic impacts from issuing wind energy leases(more...)

Review from the Department of Energy Analysis Renewable Energy Technology

Posted October 6, 2015 by Caitlyn McCrary

The Quadrennial Technology Energy Review examines the most promising research, development, demonstration, and deployment opportunities across energy technologies(more...)

Oh Where, Oh Where Have Our Map Services Gone?

Posted October 5, 2015 by Anna Verrill

Since the Office for Coastal Management (including MarineCadastre.gov) migrated to Esri ArcServer 10.3, we’ve had to(more...)

Massachusetts Representative Takes a Trip to Denmark to Learn More About Offshore Wind

Posted October 1, 2015 by Caitlyn McCrary

The state representative from Massachusetts, Rep. Haddad is one of a group of legislators and industry leaders heading abroad to learn more about the offshore wind industry.(more...)

Offshore Wind in the U.S. Means Added Business in Louisiana

Posted September 29, 2015 by Caitlyn McCrary

Two Louisiana-based firms are playing leading roles in the U.S.’s first offshore wind farm in the Northeast.(more...)

Atlantic Energy Forum in South Carolina, November 3rd

Posted September 24, 2015 by Caitlyn McCrary

Head to Columbia, South Carolina on November 3, to join the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Director, Abigail Hopper, and other federal, state, and local policy leaders for the Atlantic Energy Forum.(more...)

New Notices for Two Areas in Gulf of Mexico

Posted September 22, 2015 by Caitlyn McCrary

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management released a notice of final supplemental environmental impact statement for the central planning area in the Gulf of Mexico(more...)

Oregon Gets Behind Offshore Wind

Posted September 17, 2015 by Caitlyn McCrary

The Oregon Governor created the WindFloat Pacific Offshore Wind Advisory Committee to identify smart solutions for Oregon’s economy through the offshore wind energy industry.(more...)

Get it Now: Data and Updates are Live

Posted September 16, 2015 by Caitlyn McCrary

The new data sets and updates listed below are now live!(more...)

New Technology Should Cut Costs

Posted September 15, 2015 by Caitlyn McCrary

Siemens has developed a new power connection module that should cut costs of near-shore wind farms by up to 40%. (more...)

Great Lakes Wind Closer to Reality

Posted September 10, 2015 by Caitlyn McCrary

A wind farm in the Great Lakes takes another step forward and dispatches a team to test soil samples of the earth below the lake.(more...)

New Data and Updates Next Week

Posted September 09, 2015 by Caitlyn McCrary

New data and cartography updates are coming to Marine Cadastre next week. Here’s the list of what’s in store.(more...)

Mapping Managed: Ten Magical Enhancements for Map Services

Posted September 8, 2015 by Anna Verrill

Sometimes I find myself pondering on how map services are magical. You and your users can access your data from anywhere,(more...)

Top Ten Things You Didn’t Know About Wind Power

Posted September 8, 2015 by Caitlyn McCrary

While offshore wind is still progressing in the U.S. onshore wind is established.(more...)

New Tool Visualizes Ocean Science

Posted September 7, 2015 by Caitlyn McCrary

For many organizations, making informed decisions based on science relies on the ability to readily discover relevant scientific information and data analyses.(more...)

New Turbine Blades on the Way for Testing

Posted September 1, 2015 by Caitlyn McCrary

A new, 255 ft, offshore wind turbine blade is on the way from the NASA-based facility in the U.S. to the U.K. for testing.(more...)

Plans for Wind Farm Offshore of Martha’s Vineyard

Posted August 27, 2015 by Caitlyn McCrary

Vineyard Power is taking the next steps on a potential offshore wind farm off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard.(more...)

Shell to Modify Drilling Permit in Arctic

Posted August 25, 2015 by Caitlyn McCrary

Shell has applied to modify its federal permit for offshore drilling in the Arctic.(more...)

U.S.’s First Offshore Wind Farm Means Opportunity for Northwest

Posted August 20, 2015 by Caitlyn McCrary

Progress off the shore of Rhode Island is paving the way for a potential floating offshore wind farm off Coos Bay, Oregon.(more...)

Get Involved with Esri Ocean GIS Forum

Posted August 18, 2015 by Caitlyn McCrary

The Esri Ocean GIS Forum is November 4-6, 2015 in Redlands, California.(more...)

Wave Energy Powering the Grid in Hawaii

Posted August 13, 2015 by Caitlyn McCrary

A wave energy generator prototype is supplying grid power to Hawaii for the first time according to the Department of Energy.(more...)

Where, Oh Where, Have my Web Services Gone?

Posted August 12, 2015 by Caitlyn McCrary

Before our July 23, 2015 data and cartography update, there were several data layers that lived inside multiple web services.(more...)

Start of Deepwater Wind Raises Hopes for Industry

Posted August 11, 2015 by Caitlyn McCrary

With steel in the water off the coast of Rhode Island, the offshore wind industry is hoping that momentum will continue. Read more.(more...)

BOEM-Oregon Science Exchange Webinars

Posted August 6, 2015 by Caitlyn McCrary

Learn about renewable energy studies off the coast of Oregon during this webinar series.(more...)

Oil and Gas Lease Sale Offshore of Texas

Posted August 4, 2015 by Caitlyn McCrary

On August 19, 2015, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management will hold an auction for areas available within the Gulf of Mexico Western Planning Area.(more...)

First Turbine Foundations on the Barge!

Posted July 30, 2015 by Caitlyn McCrary

The first offshore wind turbine foundations for Deepwater Wind are on the barge and headed out to sea.(more...)

Summer Plans to Revive Offshore Wind Project

Posted July 28, 2015 by Caitlyn McCrary

Dominion Resources Inc has planned a series of meetings to attempt to identify cost saving opportunities for two test wind turbines(more...)

Ready, Set, Live! New Data and Updates are Ready

Posted July 23, 2015 by Caitlyn McCrary

The new data sets and updates listed below are now live! Head on over to the data registry or national viewer to check them out. Remember to clear your cache first and to use the new national viewer.(more...)

Planning for Maryland Offshore Wind Farm gets Underway

Posted July 23, 2015 by Caitlyn McCrary

Survey vessels supporting US Wind Inc have started analyzing the waters offshore Ocean City, Maryland in preparation for an offshore wind farm.(more...)

Governor Sets Hawaii’s Renewable Energy Goal to 100%

Posted July 21, 2015 by Caitlyn McCrary

Hawaii’s Governor, David Ige, signed a bill that set the state’s renewable energy goal to 100% by 2045.(more...)

New Wind Technology Resource Center Launched

Posted July 16, 2015 by Caitlyn McCrary

The Department of Energy released a one stop shop for all things related to wind energy online. The Wind Technology Resource Center is a resource portal(more...)

See the NOAA Research Vessel, SRVx Sand Tiger

Posted July 14, 2015 by Caitlyn McCrary

Check out the NOAA research vessel, SRVx Sand Tiger, and meet NOAA and BOEM scientific divers(more...)

July 23, 2015 - South Carolina Clean Energy Summit

Posted July 9, 2015 by Caitlyn McCrary

There’s still time to register for the South Carolina Clean Energy Summit on July 23, 2015.(more...)

Department of Energy Grants Will be Redistributed if Need be

Posted July 7, 2015 by Caitlyn McCrary

The Department of Energy selected three projects as the winning recipients of funding for innovative offshore wind technologies.(more...)

Deep Sea Corals in the Mid-Atlantic Now Protected

Posted July 2, 2015 by Caitlyn McCrary

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council voted to protect deep sea corals from most bottom fishing over about 38,000 square miles of ocean, from New York to Virginia.(more...)

Register Now! AWEA Offshore WINDPOWER 2015 Conference

Posted June 30, 2015 by Caitlyn McCrary

The American Wind Energy Association will hold their 2015 offshore WINDPOWER conference in Baltimore, Maryland from September 29-30, 2015.(more...)

Watch This: a Short Film on Atlantic Ocean Planning

Posted June 25, 2015 by Caitlyn McCrary

Over a ten-day trip along the east coast from Virginia to Maine filmmaker Chris Hannant asked the question, “Why should beachgoers and other recreational users get involved with ocean planning?”(more...)

Hawaii Considering a Proposal for Offshore Wind

Posted June 23, 2015 by Caitlyn McCrary

Hawaii is considering a $1.6 billion plan by Denmark’s Alpha Wind Energy for 100 turbines totaling 408 megawatts in federal waters offshore of Oahu.(more...)

Tour an Offshore Wind Farm - Virtually

Posted June 18, 2015 by Caitlyn McCrary

Residents of towns thinking about offshore wind farms are often worried about viewsheds.(more...)

Online Resource Updates on all things U.S. Offshore Wind

Posted June 16, 2015 by Caitlyn McCrary

The Offshore Wind Hub provides open access to resources for offshore wind energy policy, technology, economics, and siting within the U.S.(more...)

Follow a Day in the Life of an Offshore Turbine Engineer

Posted June 11, 2015 by Caitlyn McCrary

A short film from Broadcast Media Services follows an offshore wind turbine engineer through a day at his job on the London Array Offshore Wind Farm.(more...)

The Gulf of Mexico Alliance Annual All Hands June 15-18, 2015

Posted June 9, 2015 by Caitlyn McCrary

The Gulf of Mexico Alliance will hold its annual All Hands meeting in Biloxi, Mississippi June 15-18, 2015.(more...)

Northeast Planning Body Meeting June 3-4, 2015

Posted June 2, 2015 by Caitlyn McCrary

The regional ocean planning body for the Northeast is set to meet June 3-4, 2015 in Mystic, Connecticut.(more...)

First U.S. Offshore Wind Farm Kicks Off Construction

Posted May 28, 2015 by Caitlyn McCrary

The Deepwater Wind Farm began construction and is expected to come online in the fall of 2016.(more...)

Space Invaders – Should You Keep Your Distance in the Ocean?

Posted March 2, 2014 by Jodie Sprayberry

Growing up going to the beach along the mid-Atlantic coast, I used to(more...)

An Ocean of Information: MarineCadastre.gov

Posted May 22, 2015 by Jodie Sprayberry

If you weren’t able to attend Coastal GeoTools in March, you can still view the presentation(more...)

Another Round of Updates in the Works

Posted May 22, 2015 by Caitlyn McCrary

It’s that time again! Here’s the list of new data sets, updates, and other additions going live on May 29, 2015.(more...)

Connecticut Passes Long Island Sound Blue Plan

Posted May 21, 2015 by Caitlyn McCrary

The Connecticut House of Representatives unanimously passed the Long Island Sound Blue Plan(more...)

Approval of Shell’s Chukchi Sea Exploration Plan

Posted May 19, 2015 by Caitlyn McCrary

After a comprehensive review of comments received from the public, stakeholders, and federal and state partner agencies and tribes,(more...)

Shallow Coral Reefs (within Benthic Cover)

Posted May 13, 2015 by Caitlyn McCrary

Shallow-water coral reefs are more than just pretty places to go snorkeling and scuba diving. These sensitive areas are some of the most biologically rich and economically valuable ecosystems on earth.(more...)

Statoil Discovers Oil in the Gulf of Mexico

Posted May 12, 2015 by Caitlyn McCrary

Statoil announced it made an oil discovery in the Miocene Yeti prospect located in the Gulf of Mexico.(more...)

More Debate Regarding BOEM Plans for Offshore Drilling

Posted May 7, 2015 by Caitlyn McCrary

It’s a familiar debate: Republicans want more areas open to drilling and more incentives for industries and coastal communities to invest in drilling(more...)

DONG Energy Finds Place in US Offshore Wind Market

Posted May 5, 2015 by Caitlyn McCrary

DONG Energy agreed to take over the 1 GW project offshore of Massachusetts from RES Americas Developments Inc,(more...)

Three Goals for Hawaii Offshore Wind

Posted April 30, 2015 by Caitlyn McCrary

Hawaii is an ideal spot for offshore wind but has unique issues with tourism, military use, and ocean resource stakeholders.(more...)

Marine Spatial Planning in the Great Lakes

Posted April 28, 2015 by Caitlyn McCrary

The Great Lakes, with their vast shores and seemingly endless water, are often the forgotten coastlines.(more...)

Learn More About the Creation of the Mid-Atlantic Ocean Portal

Posted April 23, 2015 by Caitlyn McCrary

Open Channels hosted a question and answer session with Alfonso Lambana, a marine scientist with The Nature Conservancy(more...)

Five Years of the National Ocean Policy

Posted April 21, 2015 by Caitlyn McCrary

In 2010, President Obama created the first National Ocean Policy aimed at maintaining the security, health, resilience, and productivity of our oceans.(more...)

See the Data: the California Plastic Bag Ban Helps but Debris is Still a Problem

Posted April 16, 2015 by Caitlyn McCrary

The California plastic bag ban passed and goes into effect July 1, 2015 for grocery stores and July 1, 2016 for smaller convenience stores.(more...)

Essential Fish Habitat

Posted April 9, 2015 by Jodie Sprayberry

Fish require healthy surroundings to survive and reproduce. Essential Fish Habitat includes all types of aquatic habitat—wetlands, coral reefs, seagrasses, rivers—where fish spawn, breed, feed, or grow to maturity.(more...)

First Wind Energy Research Lease in Federal Waters

Posted April 9, 2015 by Caitlyn McCrary

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has issued its first wind energy research lease in federal waters(more...)

Key Steps to Reduce Costs Identified

Posted April 7, 2015 by Caitlyn McCrary

A new report from the University of Delaware’s Special Initiative on Offshore Wind has outlined steps that the state of New York can take to reduce costs and decrease hurdles for offshore wind.(more...)

Could Hawaii be the Next Spot for U.S. Offshore Wind?

Posted April 2, 2015 by Caitlyn McCrary

The Hawaiian Islands could be the spot for a U.S. floating offshore wind farm.(more...)

Notice of Availability for Proposed Oil and Gas Lease Sale

Posted March 31, 2015 by Caitlyn McCrary

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management released a notice of availability of the proposed notice of sale for Western Gulf of Mexico planning area outer continental shelf oil and gas lease sale 246.(more...)

Even Closer to Steel in the Water

Posted March 26, 2015 by Caitlyn McCrary

What is shaping up to be the U.S.’s first offshore wind farm, Deepwater Wind signed a $290 million financing agreement.(more...)

Updates to Requirements for Exploratory Drilling

Posted March 24, 2015 by Caitlyn McCrary

The Department of the Interior has proposed to revise and add new requirements to regulations for exploratory drilling and related operations on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS)(more...)

The Wait is Over, New National Viewer is Live!

Posted March 20, 2015 by Caitlyn McCrary

We revamped our national viewer to have increased functionality and no longer require flash software.(more...)

Old Subway Cars Double as Artificial Reefs

Posted March 19, 2015 by Caitlyn McCrary

Artificial reefs are a valuable habitat for a variety of fish and coral species. Often, they’re made out of cement structures, built specifically for the purpose.(more...)

Virginia Shoreline Protection Project to Begin

Posted March 17, 2015 by Caitlyn McCrary

A shore protection project at the Dam Neck annex at Naval Air Station Oceana is expected to begin in March.(more...)

Updates to the Critical Habitat for North Atlantic Right Whales

Posted March 12, 2015 by Jodie Sprayberry

North Atlantic Right Whales were listed as endangered in June of 1970 and there are believed to be approximately 450 individuals today.(more...)

Final Second Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement Available

Posted March 10, 2015 by Jodie Sprayberry

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management announced the release of a Final Second Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement(more...)

Webinar: ArcServer 10.3 Training

Posted March 6, 2015 by Jodie Sprayberry

Our data manager provides guidance on preparing, publishing, and testing your data as map services using ArcServer 10.3.(more...)

2014 DOI Environmental Achievement Award Honorable Mention

Posted March 6, 2015 by Jodie Sprayberry

The Department of Interior Environmental Achievement Award conveys a high level of accomplishment to department employees and partners(more...)

Marine Cadastre receives DOI Honorable Mention

Posted March 5, 2015 by Caitlyn McCrary

The Department of Interior Environmental Achievement Award conveys a high level of accomplishment to department employees and partners in a variety of areas.(more...)

Offshore Wind Leases Could Come to North Carolina in 2016

Posted March 3, 2015 by Caitlyn McCrary

Three areas offshore North Carolina could be open for lease as soon as 2016.(more...)

Shipping Lanes and Regulations

Posted March 2, 2015 by Caitlyn McCrary

The ocean is a highway for ship traffic, and highways require rules. Shipping fairways, lanes, and zones keep ships organized by guiding them on established “roads” and indicating the direction the traffic is moving.(more...)

New Data Sets and Updates are Live!

Posted February 26, 2015 by Caitlyn McCrary

Head over to our data registry or data viewer to check them out. Don’t forget to clear your cache first to view the latest versions.(more...)

Join the Marine Cadastre Team at Coastal GeoTools

Posted February 26, 2015 by Caitlyn McCrary

Coastal GeoTools is happening March 30-April 2, 2015 in Charleston, South Carolina, and the Marine Cadastre team will be there.(more...)

Lawmakers Aim to Jump-Start Offshore Wind Energy

Posted February 24, 2015 by Caitlyn McCrary

Lawmakers in Massachusetts are proposing new legislation that will help to boost the developing offshore wind market.(more...)

New Data and Updates Coming Soon

Posted February 19, 2015 by Caitlyn McCrary

New Data Layers(more...)

Offshore Wind Lease Awarded Off Martha’s Vineyard

Posted February 19, 2015 by Caitlyn McCrary

As a result of the offshore wind lease auction on January 29, 2015, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management leased over 350,000 acres(more...)

Draft Strategy Released for Oil and Gas Leasing

Posted February 17, 2015 by Caitlyn McCrary

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management released the 2017-2022 Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Draft Proposed Program(more...)

Follow Marine Cadastre on Pinterest

Posted February 16, 2015 by Caitlyn McCrary

Marine Cadastre has worked with NOAA’s National Ocean Service to create the Ocean Planning board on Pinterest.(more...)

Environmental Assessment Released for Area Offshore of North Carolina

Posted February 12, 2015 by Caitlyn McCrary

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management released an environmental assessment supporting a potential lease sale for more than 300,000 acres(more...)

Tons of Offshore Wind Energy Potential in the Midwest

Posted February 10, 2015 by Caitlyn McCrary

The U.S. has a projected 4,223 GW worth of offshore wind generating potential with 50 GW from the Ohio Waters of Lake Erie alone(more...)

New Jersey Lawmakers Working Towards Offshore Wind

Posted February 5, 2015 by Caitlyn McCrary

The Senate Environment and Energy Committee plans to hold hearings on two separate measures(more...)

German Offshore Wind Energy Passes 1 GW Mark

Posted February 3, 2015 by Caitlyn McCrary

Germany currently boasts 258 offshore wind turbines capable of producing 1,049.2 MW, all connected to the national grid.(more...)

Offshore Wind Power USA Conference February 24-25, 2015

Posted January 29, 2015 by Caitlyn McCrary

The 6th Annual Offshore Wind Power USA Conference returns to Boston and seeks to be better than ever.(more...)

Using AIS Data to Better Inform Industries, Developments, and Planning

Posted January 27, 2015 by Caitlyn McCrary

Automatic identification system (AIS) shipping data is growing in popularity but still lacks in practical uses within a wide range of industries and users of the marine environment.(more...)

Artificial Reefs

Posted January 26, 2015 by Caitlyn McCrary

Why are old subway cars and army tanks littering our ocean floor? What purpose can these sunken relics serve? Societies have constructed artificial reefs out of obsolete objects or “trash” for thousands of years for everything from blockading pirate ships to benefiting algae farm productivity.(more...)

New Website Monitors Change in Coral Reefs

Posted January 22, 2015 by Caitlyn McCrary

With a 40% loss in coral reefs over the last 30 years, the Catlin Seaview Survey is determined to document the current state of our world’s reefs in high-definition 360 degree views.(more...)

New Website Allows Tracking of Fishing Vessels

Posted January 20, 2015 by Caitlyn McCrary

The Global Fishing Watch is an interactive web tool, currently a prototype, that allows anyone to visualize all the trackable fishing vessels(more...)

Connecting Wave Energy to Electricity Grids

Posted January 15, 2015 by Caitlyn McCrary

By creating a “WavePOD,” technology company Aquarmarine hopes to solve the problem of converting wave energy to electricity.(more...)

Appears Seabirds Avoid Collisions with Wind Farms

Posted January 13, 2015 by Caitlyn McCrary

A study from the British Trust for Ornithology and the University of Highlands and Islands’ Environmental Research Institute(more...)

More Offshore Wind and New Tidal Energy for France

Posted January 6, 2015 by Caitlyn McCrary

France recently completed its first round of tidal energy leases.(more...)

Webinar: What’s New in MarineCadastre.gov

Posted December 18, 2014 by Jodie Sprayberry

Please join us to hear what's new in MarineCadastre.gov Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 2pm ET(more...)

New Round of Data and Updates Coming Next Week

Posted November 17, 2014 by Caitlyn McCrary

New Layers:(more...)

Find the Marine Cadastre Team on the West Coast!

Posted October 29, 2014 by Caitlyn McCrary

We’re heading West to participate in the West Coast Governor’s Alliance annual network meeting and Esri’s Oceans Forum.(more...)

Esri Features MarineCadastre.gov in Good Story Map Examples

Posted October 16, 2014 by Caitlyn McCrary

Spatial analysis is a large part of GIS and what better way to display that newly derived information than with a story map?(more...)

BOEM Web Services Maintenance, Monday, October 13

Posted October 9, 2014 by Caitlyn McCrary

All BOEM hosted web services will be down for maintenance on Monday, October 13 from 9am-6pm EST. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you.(more...)

Anchorage Areas

Posted October 2, 2014 by Caitlyn McCrary

An anchorage area is a place where boats and ships can safely drop anchor. These areas are created in navigable waterways when ships and vessels require them for safe and responsible navigation.(more...)

New Guidebook to Participatory Mapping of Ocean Uses

Posted September 25, 2014 by Jodie Sprayberry

Information about ocean uses is an essential component of marine planning and effective management of coastal and ocean resources.(more...)

New Cable Technology Can Carry Twice as much Power

Posted September 16, 2014 by Caitlyn McCrary

New cable technology from ABB Ltd increases the carrying capacity of energy from offshore wind farms from 1,000 megawatts to about 2,600 megawatts.(more...)

We’re Honored! Our Ocean Animation Wins at Esri UC

Posted August 19, 2014 by Caitlyn McCrary

At the Esri User Conference in San Diego, July 14-18 MarineCadastre.gov’s ocean animation won first place in the Multimedia Map category.(more...)

Wrecks and Obstructions

Posted August 12, 2014 by Caitlyn McCrary

The Wrecks and Obstructions data set within MarineCadastre.gov uses the information found in the Automated Wrecks and Obstructions Information System to create a downloadable data set.(more...)

Happy Coast Guard Day

Posted August 4, 2014 by Caitlyn McCrary

Wishing a happy Coast Guard Day to our partners.(more...)

New Data and Cartography Updates are LIVE!

Posted July 30, 2014 by Caitlyn McCrary

Head over to our data registry or data viewer to check them out. We even have a bonus updated layer: BOEM Wind Planning Areas.(more...)

More New Data and Updates Coming to MarineCadastre.gov

Posted July 23, 2014 by Caitlyn McCrary

New Data Sets(more...)

Esri’s Multmedia Map Award

Posted July 18, 2014 by Jodie Sprayberry

At the Esri User Conference in San Diego,(more...)

First Lease for Offshore Hydrokinetic Technology Issued

Posted July 3, 2014 by Caitlyn McCrary

The first lease to test marine hydrokinetic technology was issued to Florida Atlantic University (FAU).(more...)

Our New Website is More than Just a Pretty Face

Posted June 23, 2014 by Caitlyn McCrary

We are pleased to announce the release of the new MarineCadastre.gov Website.(more...)

Vessel Tracking Data Used for Ocean Planning Webinar

Posted June 18, 2014 by Jodie Sprayberry

Vessel Tracking Data Used for Ocean Planning(more...)

Using Participatory GIS to Map Ocean Uses in the Mid-Atlantic

Posted May 14, 2014 by Jodie Sprayberry

Using Participatory GIS to Map Ocean Uses in the Mid-Atlantic Webinar(more...)

Ocean Dimensions Animation

Posted May 14, 2014 by Jodie Sprayberry

Ocean Dimensions(more...)

MarineCadastre.gov Providing Easy Access to Data and Maps

Posted May 12, 2014 by Caitlyn McCrary

MarineCadastre.gov Providing Easy Access to Data and Maps (Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Ocean Science)(more...)

Crowded Ocean Spaces: A 3D View

Posted May 8, 2014 by Jodie Sprayberry

Crowded Ocean Spaces: A 3D View(more...)

OpenChannels Office Hours with MarineCadastre.gov

Posted May 8, 2014 by Jodie Sprayberry

OpenChannels Office Hours with MarineCadastre.gov(more...)

Planning Ocean Uses Podcast

Posted May 8, 2014 by Jodie Sprayberry

Planning Ocean Uses Podcast(more...)

Automatic Identification System (AIS) Announcements

Posted April 16, 2014 by Caitlyn McCrary

The following are updates and announcements for AIS users:(more...)

Department of Commerce Energy and Environmental Stewardship Award

Posted April 14, 2014 by Jodie Sprayberry

MarineCadastre.gov is honored to accept(more...)

Decision-Making on Offshore Renewable Energy Sites (Sea Technology, September 2013)

Posted April 10, 2014 by Caitlyn McCrary

Decision-Making on Offshore Renewable Energy Sites(more...)

Visualization Solutions Advance Wind Energy Development (KM World, July 2013)

Posted April 10, 2014 by Caitlyn McCrary

Visualization Solutions Advance Wind Energy Development(more...)

Public Data...at Your Fingertips (Wall Street Journal, March 2013)

Posted April 10, 2014 by Caitlyn McCrary

Public Data...at Your Fingertips(more...)

Ocean Planning Data Courtesy of MarineCadastre.gov (GISCafe, November 2012)

Posted April 10, 2014 by Caitlyn McCrary

Ocean Planning Data Courtesy of MarineCadastre.gov(more...)

MarineCadastre.gov Updates are Now Live!

Posted April 2, 2014 by Caitlyn McCrary

Head over to our data registry or data viewer to check them out. We even have a bonus new layer: Seismic Anamolies hosted by BOEM.(more...)

New Updates Coming to MarineCadastre.gov

Posted March 31, 2014 by Caitlyn McCrary

Added new layers:(more...)

Ocean Uses

Posted March 10, 2014 by Jodie Sprayberry

Ocean Use data is often collected through community workshops and is used to generate one contiguous data set.(more...)

Sediment Thickness

Posted February 14, 2014 by Jodie Sprayberry

Sediment thickness varies throughout the seafloor. This data helps planners understand seafloor complexity.(more...)

Seagrasses Distribution

Posted January 13, 2014 by Jodie Sprayberry

Seagrasses are a highly sensitive part of the ocean ecosystem. These habitats are important for so much more than being front lawns of the ocean.(more...)

Coastal Zone Management Act Boundary

Posted December 12, 2013 by Caitlyn McCrary

The Coastal Zone Management Act Boundary is the state-identified landward and seaward boundary within which the state’s coastal zone management programs apply.(more...)

Wave, Tidal, and Ocean Current Sites

Posted November 25, 2013 by Caitlyn McCrary

Waves, tides, and ocean currents have been identified as potential renewable ocean energy sources. Energy development technologies are now being tested in U.S. waters.(more...)

High Frequency Radar

Posted June 5, 2013 by Caitlyn McCrary

High-frequency radar is an effective tool for measuring the speed and direction of ocean surface currents. The broad range of uses for this information on currents has motivated the development of a national network of surface current mapping systems as part of the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS).(more...)

Tidal Stream Resource Potential

Posted May 6, 2013 by Caitlyn McCrary

Tidal streams can be used as a form of alternative ocean energy. They are high velocity sea currents created by periodic movement of the ocean caused by the gravitational pull of the moon.(more...)

Habitat Area of Particular Concern

Posted April 3, 2013 by Caitlyn McCrary

A habitat area of particular concern is a designation that encompasses discrete subsets of essential fish habitat, which provide extremely important ecological functions or are especially vulnerable to degradation.(more...)

Zones, Limits, and Maritime Jurisdictions

Posted March 22, 2013 by Caitlyn McCrary

A boundary seems like a simple concept. Unfortunately, establishing boundaries is a complicated matter, especially in the ocean.(more...)

Ocean Wave Resource Potential

Posted February 5, 2013 by Jodie Sprayberry

Wave energy is a form of alternative ocean energy that can be harnessed for consumption. The Ocean Wave Resource Potential data set shows users the predicted mean wave energy density within U.S. waters.(more...)

Federal Radar and Impact Zones

Posted January 18, 2013 by Jodie Sprayberry

Weather radar stations are located all across the U.S., including the coastlines. Ocean uses, such as wind turbines, can impact its operation.(more...)

Proposed and Designated Critical Habitat

Posted December 20, 2012 by Jodie Sprayberry

The Endangered Species Act (ESA) was enacted to conserve species that are in danger of extinction now or in the foreseeable future.(more...)

DoD Offshore Wind Mission Compatibility Assessment

Posted November 19, 2012 by Jodie Sprayberry

Wind Stipulation Areas are areas in which the Department of Defense has an interest and that may not be compatible with offshore energy development.(more...)

Automatic Identification System

Posted October 18, 2012 by Jodie Sprayberry

The Automatic identification System (AIS) is a program designed to collect location information from vessels across the coastal continental U.S., inland rivers, Hawaii, and Guam.(more...)

Aids to Navigation

Posted August 16, 2012 by Jodie Sprayberry

Aids to navigation are placed along coasts and in navigable waters as guides to mark safe water and hidden dangers as well as to assist in determining a vessel’s position in relation to land.(more...)

Marine Protected Areas

Posted July 17, 2012 by Jodie Sprayberry

Marine protected areas (MPAs) are defined as, “any area of the marine environment that has been reserved by federal, state, territorial, tribal, or local laws or regulations to provide lasting protection for part or all of the natural and cultural resources therein.”(more...)

OCS Lease Blocks and BOEM Protraction Diagrams

Posted April 30, 2012 by Jodie Sprayberry

Lease blocks are used to help the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) manage the submerged lands of the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). Protraction diagrams are boundaries used in delineating the OCS lease blocks.(more...)

Wind Planning Areas

Posted January 30, 2012 by Jodie Sprayberry

Wind planning areas are areas where cursory screenings for use conflicts have been completed by facilitating improved coordination among local, state, and federal partners to accelerate the leasing process.(more...)

CEIL’s Success in Collaboration Award

Posted December 1, 2011 by Jodie Sprayberry

The Center for Environmental and Innovation Leadership (CEIL)(more...)

Offshore Wind Resource Potential

Posted August 9, 2011 by Jodie Sprayberry

The offshore wind resource potential data set identifies areas of high wind energy that would be ideal wind farm locations.(more...)

Announcing 2017 AIS Data

Posted August 16, 2018 by Caitlyn McCrary

We are pleased to announce the release of the 2017 vessel tracking, or AIS, data for the nation.(more...)