A study to characterize coastal and marine recreational activity in New England to support the Northeast regional ocean planning process was completed in the fall of 2015. Directed by the Northeast Regional Planning Body and led by Point 97, SeaPlan, and the Surfrider Foundation, this project collected information on a variety of recreational uses such as beach going, wildlife viewing, surfing, and non-motorized boating (e.g. kayaking). The project did not collect data on fishing or motorized boating from individual users; those activities are being addressed through other studies.
Surfrider led an opt-in online survey to collect data from individual recreational users and other members of the public. The survey was launched on November 13, 2014, and concluded April 30, 2015; it was open to anyone 18+ years of age who has visited the coast between the New York edges of Long Island Sound and the far northern reaches of Maine at least once in the last 12 months.
The Surfrider Foundation also led a portion of the Marine Events survey, to collect data on the following competitive board & paddle events: surf contests, SUP races, and triathlons that are primarily in the water (SUP/swim/other). Data collection on that survey concluded May 25, 2015.
SeaPlan collaborated with industry leaders such as operators and event organizers to map some marine events, commercial whale watching, and SCUBA diving. To learn more about this component of the Study, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can engage! Receive email updates on the Surfrider Foundation’s participation in the public process for ocean planning, schedule or attend a workshop on Study results, learn more about the New England Ocean Action Network, or become a supporting Surfrider Foundation member!
The results of the full Study are published in a final report and spatial data layers have been integrated to the Northeast Ocean Data Portal. See how this data has been incorporated into the final draft ocean plan &/or connect with us with specific questions! Be sure to learn more about commenting on the final draft plan, too. Your voice is vital!
Get the facts:
- Regional Fact Sheet
- Connecticut Fact Sheet
- Maine Fact Sheet
- Massachusetts Fact Sheet
- New Hampshire Fact Sheet
- Rhode Island Fact Sheet
- Full Report
For more information about this study or to schedule a presentation on findings, please contact Surfrider Foundation Northeast Regional Manager, Melissa Gates: email@example.com or 207.706.6378. For comprehensive information on this and other similar studies the Surfrider Foundation has led in other coastal U.S. regions, visit our Coastal Recreation Studies page.
STAKEHOLDER WORKING GROUP
Surfrider was excited to have recruited many key representatives from the northeast non-extractive ocean recreational community to assist with this Study through a Stakeholder Working Group (SWG).
The SWG assisted with quality assurance, participation strategies, information sharing, and vetting data products.
The SWG was open for participation by any interested ocean recreation stakeholder on a rolling basis throughout the entire Study; we also specifically requested the participation of many key “gatekeepers,” such as our region’s surf shop owners, kayak tour guides, and avid beach goers.
Acadia Park Kayak Tours, Brescian Lander, Guide & Owner, Bar Harbor, ME, Sea Kayak Tours
Alice’s Awesome Adventures, Alice Bean Andrenyak, Owner, Brunswick, ME, Sea Kayak Tours
Aquaholics Surf Shop, Nanci Boutet, Owner, Kennebunkport, ME, Retail Surf & SUP Shop
Aquaholics Surf Shop, Eric Belanger, Manager, Kennebunkport, ME, Retail Surf & SUP Shop
Aquaterra Adventures, David Legere, Guide & Owner, Bar Harbor, ME, Sea Kayak Tours
Billington Sea Kayak, Plymouth, MA, Sea Kayak Outfitter and Tours
Black Point Surf Shop, Ryan Mcdermott, Owner, Scarborough, ME, Retail Surf Shop and Outfitter
Black Point Surf Shop, Crystal Ouimette, Manager, Scarborough, ME, Retail Surf Shop and Outfitter
Boston Harbor Islands, Giles Parker, Superintendent, Boston, MA, National Park Management
Cadillac Mountain Sports, Joe Moran, Marketing Manager, Bar Harbor, ME, Outdoor Sports Retail Shop
Caitlin Tateishki, Brooklyn, NY, Avid Swimmer
Chino Surfboards Jon Wong, Owner, Boston, MA, Retail Surf Shop
Cinnamon Rainbows Surf Co., Dave Cropper, Owner, Rye, NH, Retail Surf & SUP Shop
Environmental Protection Agency, Marisa Marzotta, Environmental Economist
Epic Sports, Brad Ryder, Owner, Bangor, ME, Outdoor Retail Shop
Essex River Basin Adventures, Essex, MA, Sea Kayak Tours and Outfitter
Gail Kotowski, Guilford CT, Individual User
Hancock Point Kayak Tours, Antonio Blasi, Registered Guide & Owner, Hancock, ME, Sea Kayak Tours
Harbor Trading Co., Lauren Toye, Ipswich, MA, Premium Lifestyle Boutique
Jack Savage, Concord, NH, Sea Kayaker
Jenna George, Hampton, NH, Avid Beach User
Kayak Learning Center, Beverly, MA, Kayak Tours and Outfitter
Kayak Waveology, Greg Paquin, CT, Kayak Lessons
Lincoln Canoe & Kayak, Amesbury, MA, Kayak and Canoe Outfitter
Liquid Dreams Surf Shop, Mark Anastas, Owner, Ogunquit, ME, Retail Surf & SUP Shop
Maine Surfers Union, Charlie Fox, Owner, Portland, ME, Retail Surf & SUP Shop
Massachusetts Port Authority, Capt. Wellock, Boston, MA
Masskiting, Chris Lamborghini, Boston, MA, Kitesurfing Group
Mocean Surf Shop, Barry Tripp, Owner, Old Orchard Beach, ME, Retail Surf & SUP Shop
Narragansett Surf & Skate, Dave Levy, Narragansett, RI, Surf Shop
Narrow River Kayaks, Narragansett, RI, Outfitter & Sea Kayak Tours
Natalie Springuel, Bar Harbor, ME, Sea Kayak Guide
New England Surf Community, Silas Coellner, Mashpee, MA
Nick Battista, Rockland, ME, Surfer and Sea Kayaker
Pioneers Board Shop, Steve O’Hara, Owner, North Hampton, NH, Retail Surf & SUP Shop
Portland Special Surfers, Chris Fritz, Owner, Portland, ME, NGO helping those with special needs find their love for the ocean.
Quebec Surf, Alex Tremblay, Quebec, Canada, Surf Adventure Group
Sacred Surf Shop, Wellfleet, MA, Surfing School
Salem Sound Coastwatch, Jack Nessen, Salem, MA
Sean McQuilken, Groton, CT, Sea Kayaker, Sailor
SOPO SUP, Rafael Adams, Owner, South Portland, Maine, Paddleboard Outfitter
Silvia Cassano, Burlington, VT, Beach Visitor
Surfrider Foundation Connecticut Chapter, Gail Kotowski, SUP’er
Surfrider Foundation Connecticut Chapter, Kathy Donovan, Avid Beach User
Surfrider Foundation Connecticut Chapter, Zach Zeilman, Surfer
Surfrider Foundation Maine Chapter, Crawford Zetterberg, Surfer
Surfrider Foundation Maine Chapter, John Manly, Surfer
Surfrider Foundation Massachusetts Chapter, Chris May, Surfer
Surfrider Foundation Massachusetts Chapter, Dan LeMaitre, Photographer
Surfrider Foundation Massachusetts Chapter, Noel LaPierre, Swimmer & Surfer
Surfrider Foundation Massachusetts Chapter, Stewart Dalzell, Surfer
Surfrider Foundation New Hampshire Chapter, Rebecca O’Brien, Surfer
Surfrider Foundation New Hampshire Chapter, Sarah Minella, Surfer
Surfrider Foundation New Hampshire Chapter, Dale Pariseau, Surfer
Surfrider Foundation New Hampshire Chapter, Jamie McCallum, Surfer
Surfrider Foundation Rhode Island Chapter, Colin Hynes, Surfer
Surfrider Foundation Rhode Island Chapter, Phil Chiaradio, Surfer
Summer Sessions Surf Shop, Ryan McGill, Co-owner, Rye, NH, Retail Surf Shop
Summer Sessions Surf Shop, Tyler McGill, Co-owner, Rye, NH, Retail Surf Shop
Spirare Surfboards, Kevin Cunningham, Owner, Providence, RI, Surfboard Manufacturer
Surfari SUP & Surf, Christian del Rosario, Co-owner, Manchester, MA, Surf and SUP Retail Shop
Surfari SUP & Surf, Nicole del Rosario, Co-owner, Manchester, MA, Retail Surf & SUP Shop
Tidal Roots, Kyle Schaefer, Co-owner, Eliot, ME, SUP Manufacturer
Touring Kayaks, Ray Wirth, Belfast, ME, Sea Kayak Retail & Tours
Water Brothers Surf, Sid Abruzzi, Co-owner, Newport, RI, Retail Surf, SUP & Skate Shop
Water Brothers Surf, Danielle Abruzzi, Co-owner, Newport, RI, Retail Surf, SUP & Skate Shop
Wheels N Waves, Vic Brazen, Co-owner, Wells, ME, Retail Surf/SUP/Bike/Skate Shop and Outfitter
Wind’s UP!, Max, Vineyard Haven, MA, Natural Watersports Outfitter and Rentals
The total number of SWG members is currently: 67
If YOU would like to join, give us a shout: firstname.lastname@example.org.
To reach the Stakeholder Working Group, please email: SWG.
PROJECT STEERING COMMITTEE
Special thanks to the Northeast Regional Planning Body members and their agency affiliates, who directed our project through a Project Steering Committee:
- Maine: Matt Nixon, Maine Coastal Program
- New Hampshire: Chris Williams, Federal Consistency Coordinator for NH Coastal Program
- Massachusetts: Prassede Vella, Ocean Policy Analyst, office of MA Coastal Zone Management
- Rhode Island RPB member: Grover Fugate, executive director of the Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council
- Connecticut: Dave Kozak, CT Department of Environmental Protection Office of LIS Programs
- United States Coast Guard: Michele DesAutels
- National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RPB Federal Co-Lead: Betsy Nicholson
- Ex Officio affiliates from the Mid Atlantic region, from the state of New York: Jeff Herter, Liz Podowski
- Northeast Regional Ocean Council: Katie Lund, John Weber, Nick Napoli
To reach the Project Steering Committee, please email: PSC.
QUICK REFERENCE LINKS FOR OCEAN PLANNING:
*Who/what is the Northeast Regional Planning Body (RPB): http://
*Federal, state & Tribal members of the NERPB: http://
*What is ocean planning, why should I care & how do I get involved: http://
*The importance of ocean planning & Surfrider Foundation’s interests: http://www.youtube.com/
*Community collaboration in ocean planning & how it works: http://
*Check out the Northeast Data Portal: http://www.northeastoceandata.org/.
*See the goals for Northeast Regional Ocean Planning: http://
*Read the Northeast Regional Planning Body Charter: https://
*Read the Executive Order establishing a National Ocean Policy: http://www.whitehouse.gov/
*For a comprehensive list of Regional Ocean Planning public meetings throughout the Northeast this fall, see: http://