New Jersey saltwater boaters are invited to go online and map their boating routes this summer to help researchers better understand boating activity in the Northeast.
Information gathered from the open online mapping program will supplement data being collected through the more rigorous 2012 Northeast Recreational Boater Survey, a monthly online survey in which thousands of randomly selected boaters from New York to Maine were invited to participate earlier this year.
Information from both efforts will document the importance of recreational boating to the Northeast and ensure that boating activity receives appropriate consideration in ocean planning.
The 2012 Northeast Recreational Boater Survey is being conducted with the support of marine trades associations, boating and yacht clubs, Sailors for the Sea and others. SeaPlan, an independent non-profit organization, is leading the study team, which includes the University of Massachusetts, Ecotrust and the Northeast Regional Ocean Council.
New Jersey boaters can access the open online mapping tool by clicking here. Participants can report on as many boating trips as they like and are encouraged to provide optional information about fishing, swimming and other boating activities.
Participants are entered for a chance to win a $100 gift card, donated by US Harbors, each time they fill out the survey.