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About Christine Hopper

Christine is the Special Assistant for Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning at Ocean Conservancy. Her love of the ocean comes from the four years she spent living in Newport, R.I., where the ocean played a significant role in her life both professionally and personally. When she was not working to remove marine debris from Narragansett Bay, Christine was enjoying Rhode Island’s remarkable beaches or sailing around Newport Harbor. Now that her passion for the ocean has brought her to Washington, D.C., she spends much of her spare time exploring our nation’s capital. When she needs a break from city life, she can be found pursuing her other passion in life: horseback riding in Virginia’s countryside.

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New Data on Coastal Recreation Along the Atlantic to Help Guide Planning

Posted On September 6, 2014 by

The Surfrider Foundation, in partnership with Point 97, The Nature Conservancy and Monmouth University’s Urban Coast Institute, has published the results of a recreational use study conducted along the Mid-Atlantic coast.

Almost 1,500 completed surveys were collected, which provided insight on where and how people spend their time along the Mid-Atlantic coast. This information, which is represented by the above image, shows just how extensively the region’s coastlines are used by surfers, hikers, swimmers, and other beachgoers, and these activities are not only a common pastime for many Mid-Atlantic residents, but also generate significant economic benefits for coastal communities and the region.

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Ocean-Use Planning Moves Forward In Mid-Atlantic As Anniversary of Sandy Approaches

Posted On September 24, 2013 by

As the one-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy approaches, we are all reminded of the importance of being prepared. This is true for our ocean as well, and the Mid-Atlantic region is moving forward with marine planning efforts to do just that. The first meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Planning Body is taking place this week, on Sept. 24-25 at Monmouth University in New Jersey.

During this inaugural meeting, “marine planning” is a phrase that’s likely to come up often. Marine planning creates a blueprint for our ocean and shorelines that provides a comprehensive picture of marine uses and activities within a region. With an ever-increasing amount of ocean users looking for places to operate, coastal communities are seeing their most precious resource threatened by ocean sprawl.

This meeting will serve as an opportunity for citizens including wind developers, fishermen, recreational boaters and conservationists to join state, federal and tribal officials from across the region to start discussing the creation of a plan for the ocean and coasts in the region that encompasses a five state area, from New York to Virginia.

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