State officials have released a draft 10-year action plan to protect and restore the state’s ocean resources and address issues facing coastal communities.
Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens says Thursday that the 134-page plan will help protect marine fish species, support the fishing industry and protect 94 miles of ocean beaches on Long Island.
Priorities include restoring seagrass to stabilize shoreline, reduce wave damage and provide habitat for fish, shellfish and sea turtles. The plan also seeks to increase resilience in preparation for sea level rise and other climate change impacts.
Another priority is to provide information and support tools to direct ocean and coastal development in ways that help economic growth and environmental protection.
The plan can be viewed on the DEC website (http://on.ny.gov/1sDDDSx ). Comments will be accepted until March 2.
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