Accomack-Northampton Planning District Commission
Seaside SAMP –Recreational & Commercial Fishing Uses on the Seaside and Adjacent Atlantic Ocean and SAV Restoration Goals
Project Description as Proposed:
The Seaside Special Area Management Planning (SAMP) team (which includes the Marine Resources Commission), and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean (MARCO) are currently collecting data needed for better ocean planning on the Seaside and Mid-Atlantic Ocean off Virginia and have identified a need for better human use data, particularly the need for recreational, cultural and commercial fishing use data. A better understanding of how humans are using the nearshore and offshore areas is expected to lead to better ocean planning and in turn reduce marine-use conflicts, maximize use-efficiency, and enhance environmental and economic productivity. Some commercial fishing data is available through Vessel Trip Reports and other commercial fishing data collected by NOAA, but experience in other regions has shown the importance of giving commercial fishers an opportunity to provide additional, direct input through a PGIS process that can be compared to existing data.
The Accomack-Northampton Planning District Commission (A-NPDC) is proposing to collect a second year of aerial survey data and finalize an assessment of recreational/cultural uses and collect commercial fishing use data for the inshore and offshore areas of the Seaside of Virginia’s Eastern Shore and adjacent ocean to produce a baseline dataset for use by the Seaside SAMP team and MARCO. The assessment will utilize two different surveying techniques including solicitation of key stakeholder information via a participatory Geographical Information Systems (GIS) workshops and individual stakeholder meetings, and aerial surveying during expected times of peak use. Each technique will provide detailed comprehensive information that illustrates locations experiencing the greatest use for each of a variety of commercial fishing uses. The A-NPDC will work with partnering agencies including the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration Coastal Services Center (NOAA CSC), the Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program (VCZMP), and MARCO to determine commercial fishing use assessment categories and develop assessment methodologies that will serve as the standard approach for other regions and states on the Mid-Atlantic coastline. The overall expected outcome of the proposed project is increased understanding of the spatial extent of commercial fishing uses in inshore and offshore Seaside environments, which in turn will lead to improved marine spatial planning decisions, enhanced environmental and economic productivity, and reduction in marine-use conflicts.
In addition this project will sponsor meetings among representatives of the Marine Resources Commission, the Virginia Institute of Marine Science and local watermen and shellfish aquaculturists to finalize an appropriate SAV restoration goal for the Seaside and leasing policies that would support a bay scallop population, and allow adequate space for other uses such as the clam and oyster industry and recreation.
Curt Smith; 757.787.2936 x114, email@example.com
10/1/2012 - 3/31/2014; Project Open
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Project Summary Provided by Grantee:
Disclaimer: This project summary provides the federal dollars initially awarded to the grantee. Due to underexpenditure or reprogramming of grant funds, this figure may change. For more information on the allocation of coastal grant funds, please contact Laura McKay, Virginia Coastal Program Manager, at 804.698.4323 or email: Laura.McKay@deq.virginia.gov
A more detailed Scope of Work for this project is available. Please direct your request for a copy to Virginia.Witmer@deq.virginia.gov