2012 Northeast Recreational Boater Survey
Our oceans and coasts are used for recreation by millions of people each day through activities like boating, diving, surfing, and fishing. While these are important uses, they remain largely understudied and undocumented. Considering the growing demands for new uses of our coastal areas, such as wind farms or LNG terminals, ocean managers need information on when and where activities currently occur to minimize conflicts.
To help fill this gap, SeaPlan, an independent nonprofit organization, is conducting the 2012 Northeast Recreational Boater Survey. Building off of the successes of the 2010 Massachusetts Recreational Boater Survey which thousands of boaters participated in, this survey will collect robust spatial and economic information on recreational saltwater boating activity throughout the Northeast, including state waters of ME, NH, MA, RI, CT and NY.
SeaPlan led a study team that included the Northeast Regional Ocean Council (NROC), coastal management programs from each state in the Northeast, and the University of Massachusetts.
The survey of randomly selected boaters will conclude in November and final results will be published at end of March 2013.
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