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Ocean and Great Lakes Report

Our Waters, Our Communities, Our Future: Taking Bold Action Now to Achieve Long-term Sustainability of New York’s Ocean and Great Lakes.

The nine-agency New York Ocean and Great Lakes Ecosystem Conservation Council was pleased to submit the New York Ocean and Great Lakes Ecosystem Conservation Council Report to the Governor and Legislature on April 6, 2009. The Ocean and Great Lakes Report is based on Council work done over the past two years through public dialogues, working groups, advisory groups, community groups, public review and other efforts. The report attempts to capture the range of pressing issues facing New York’s ocean and Great Lakes, their basins, and their communities and recommends priority actions to move forward efficiently and effectively in this tight budget climate.

Ocean and Great Lakes Report


Through nine-agencies working together and building on materials developed by the Ocean’s Working Group, Great Lakes Working Group, and Science Advisory Group, Council staff drafted a report which was released on January 30th for public review and comment. Comments were accepted between January 30 th and March 2rd via:

Comments were compiled, synthesized and where appropriate,integrated into the final report.

Development of the report was a truly collaborative effort, and special thanks go to all who made it possible especially:

NYS defines Ecosystem-based management (EBM) as an integrated approach to management that considers the entire ecosystem, including humans.  An ecosystem is a dynamic complex of plants, animals (including humans), microbes and physical environmental features that interact with one another.
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