The New York Bight extends from the southern tip of Cape May, NJ to the southeastern coast of Long Island. At a population of over 20 million, the New York and New Jersey metropolitan area is the most densely populated region on the US coast. This high population places enormous demand on the marine resources of the region, but supports a strong economy.
Over 126 million tons of imports and exports pass through the Port of New York and New Jersey annually. In addition to the shipping and maritime transportation industries, commercial fishing forms a large part of the New York Bight regional economy. According to the 2015 NOAA Fisheries Economics of the US Report, the commercial seafood industry in New York and New Jersey contributed over $11 billion in sales, $2 billion in income, and 71,000 jobs to the regional economy.
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Northeast Ocean Data Portal
A Decision-Support Tool for government agencies, industries, non-government organizations, academic entities, and individuals. Provides peer-reviewed data and interactive maps of the ocean ecosystem and ocean-related human activities including: commercial fishing, marine transportation, energy and infrastructure, aquaculture, recreation, restoration, cultural resources, national security, water quality, bathymetry, eelgrass, and habitat classification.
Hudson River Environmental Conditions Obeserving System (HRECOS)
The Hudson River Environmental Conditions Observing System is a robust environmental monitoring network operated and managed by a consortium of governmental, academic, and private institutions with shared interest in high-frequency monitoring in the Hudson River watershed. HRECOS monitoring stations are geographically distributed along the Hudson and Mohawk Rivers.