New Seafloor Mapping Initiative Report Published
CZM and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) published the new seafloor mapping report, High-resolution geophysical data from the Inner Continental Shelf: South of Martha's Vineyard and north of Nantucket, Massachusetts, which presents geophysical data collected by USGS during a survey in 2013. The report includes bathymetric data (water depth), acoustic backscatter that provides an image of the seafloor, and seismic-reflection profiles that reveal the nature of the sediment layers below the seafloor. The reports were prepared as part of the 13-year, cooperative mapping program between CZM and USGS, which began in 2003 and has mapped more than 2,403 square kilometers (928 square miles) of the Commonwealth’s coastal waters. For more information, see CZM's Seafloor Mapping Program website and the recently updated USGS Geologic Mapping of the Seafloor Offshore of Massachusetts website, or contact CZM’s Dan Sampson at [email protected]. 12/2/16 jat
BOEM and MassCEC Release Marine Wildlife Survey Results to Guide Offshore Wind Development
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) announce the results of two new multi-year marine wildlife survey efforts that focus on collecting baseline biological occurrence and distribution data for whale, turtle, and bird species within the Wind Energy Areas (WEAs) offshore Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The wildlife surveys found that the Massachusetts and Rhode Island WEAs avoid the high concentrations of protected species of whales, turtles and seabirds in these areas.
Highlights from the two surveys include:
- The whale and turtle data were collected from 76 aerial surveys conducted in the survey area between October 2011 and June 2015. The data were supplemented by more than 1,000 days of continuous underwater acoustic recording for whales.
- Researchers from the New England Aquarium sighted 60 North Atlantic right whales, a critically endangered species, over the entire survey only during winter and spring.
- The North Atlantic right whales primarily migrate into the area and engage in short-term feeding before moving onto feeding grounds throughout the Gulf of Maine.
- Leatherback sea turtles were most highly concentrated south of Nantucket between May and November.
- Researchers from the College of Staten Island recorded 25 species of seabirds from a total of 38 aerial surveys conducted between November 2011 and January 2015.
- Two locations, referred to as “hotspots”, were identified where larger than average aggregations of seabirds occurred on a regular basis. Both hotspots were located outside the WEAs.
To view the final reports:
- Northeast Large Pelagic Survey Collaborative Aerial and Acoustic Surveys for Large Whales and Sea Turtles
- Abundance and Distribution of Seabirds off Southeastern Massachusetts, 2011-2015
BOEM 10-25-16 Contact: Tracey Moriarty 703-787-1571 10/25/16 jat
Take the Housing Survey
The All-Island Planning Board wants to hear from you. Every Planning Board on the Island is in the process of developing Housing Production Plans. To create plans which reflect the needs and concerns of the residents, the Planning Boards would benefit from your direct feedback.
- Click here to take The Housing Survey
- See below for public meeting dates
- Click here to learn more about the Housing Production Plans
Map of the Month
This map displays the population density on Martha's Vineyard within each TAZ (Transportation Analysis Zone). In general, a TAZ is similar to a neighborhood. In addition, for each TAZ, the map shows the breakdown of the population count in terms of total 'Year-Round Population', 'Guests of Year-rounders', and 'Seasonal Population'. The data are based on the US Census of 2010. The guests and seasonal population are estimates generated by the MVC based on Census Block population count and Housing Units occupied vs vacant. See the map notes for more details. Map created by the MVC - Oct. 2016.
To peruse other maps, visit our Map Library.
Transportation Plans Available
The Martha's Vineyard Joint Transportation Committee has recently adopted a new Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) and Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). These documents outline the Island's goals, budgets and projects regarding transportation for the next four years.
For further information, go to this web page and/or contact Priscilla Leclerc, MVC Senior Transportation Planner leclerc [at] mvcommission.org