Mission: To serve Monmouth University and the public interest as a forum for
research, education, and collaboration in the development and
implementation of science-based policies and programs that support
stewardship of healthy, productive, and resilient coastal ecosystems and
Provide Input on the Draft Framework
The Mid-Atlantic Regional Planning Body (MidA RPB) invites the public to provide input on the Draft Mid-Atlantic Regional Ocean Planning Framework (Draft Framework) by participating in a webinar on Friday, February 14, and by attending listening sessions across the region in the coming weeks.
The public is encouraged to provide input to the MidA RPB in the following ways:
The Draft Framework proposes a draft vision, an initial geographic focus, and draft principles, goals, and objectives. The MidA RPB seeks robust public input and comments on the Draft Framework, which will provide guideposts for how the MidA RPB moves forward with regional ocean planning. The Draft Framework is available for public review and comment on the MidA RPB website through April 15, 2014.
The MidA RPB will consider all comments received in revising the Draft Framework. The MidA RPB will discuss the revised framework during its in-person meeting in the Spring of 2014. Please check the website for additional information.
The Mid-Atlantic Regional Planning Body (MidA RPB) was established in April 2013 to enhance collaboration on ocean and coastal issues in the Mid-Atlantic through regional ocean planning. The MidA RPB includes state, federal, tribal, and Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council representation and is eager to engage stakeholders throughout the regional ocean planning process. Please visit the website regularly for updated related information.
New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium (NJSGC), in partnership with the Monmouth University Urban Coast Institute (UCI), is seeking qualified candidates for a Coastal Community Resilience Specialist. This is a new position intended to help translate and apply the best available science and tools to assist communities in recovering from Superstorm Sandy and becoming resilient to coastal hazards, the impacts of sea level rise and changing climate. View the position description.
The UCI provided funding to support student Summer Research Grants as part of the 2013 School of Science Summer Research Program (SRP). Funds are supported, in part, by contributions to the Urban Coast Institute in memory of Heidi Lynn Sculthorpe who was a Monmouth County shore area resident her whole life who loved to surf and spend time at the beach with her family and friends. Ms. Sculthorpe’s father, Mr. Robert B. Sculthorpe is a graduate of Monmouth University and a member of the University Board of Trustees. For a list of this year’s recipients, click here.
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Urban Coast Institute Director Tony MacDonald is featured in The Federal Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA) video.
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The new Global Sustainability Minor at Monmouth is designed to be accessible and complementary to students studying natural sciences, political science and public policy, social work, health studies, communications, business, and economics, or to any student that is interested in expanding their ability to analyze critical issues facing our society in a multidisciplinary and holistic way.
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School of Science Assistant Dean John Tiedemann has published a report and guide for best catch and release practices for striped bass anglers.
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Catch and Release Brochure
Catch and Release Poster
Mission: To improve the management of coastal environments through science, education and stewardship.
FEMA's Coastal Flood Mapping Website now LIVE!
FEMA provides flood hazard information to help communities plan for and reduce the risk from flooding. As part of that effort, the FEMA Region II office has initiated a coastal flood study to update the information shown on the Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) for 14 coastal New Jersey counties and New York City. The FIRM is used to determine who must buy flood insurance and where floodplain development regulations apply.
FEMA now has a LIVE website, which will be updated as progress on the coastal flood study continues, will include links to the online preliminary FIRM panels (once completed), and details on public meetings to review those preliminary results.
Conservation and Restoration and Priority Index to identify areas near the shoreline with potential for conservation and habitat restoration, and ecologically important estuarine areas where land management strategies may be improved.
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