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...)