Ocean Planning in the Northeast

Website for the Northeast Regional Planning Body

Northeast Regional Planning Body

The Northeast Regional Planning Body (RPB) is responsible for developing New England’s ocean plan. The National Ocean Policy, established by Presidential Executive Order in 2010, called for the formation of nine regionally focused RPBs to better manage the nation’s oceans and coasts.


What is Ocean Planning?

The ocean and the livelihoods it supports are vital to New England. People in New England greatly value our ocean heritage and are seeking basic needs from the ocean—jobs, food, energy, and recreation, among others—in new and increasingly complex ways.

Download the Ocean Planning Trifold Brochure.


Northeast RPB Projects

Effective planning requires detailed information on human activities in ocean areas, such as commercial fishing, shipping, and boating.


Northeast RPB News

Ecosystem-Based Management Working Group Meeting

At its June meeting, the RPB called for the creation of an Ecosystem Based Management Work Group. The first meeting of this group will be on September 30th.


Ocean Planning Timeline

  • November 2012 Inaugural Northeast RPB Meeting: Develop common understanding about the RPB; provide context and lay foundation of regional ocean planning; engage stakeholders and the public, discuss initial focus.
    April 2013 Northeast RPB Meeting: Northeast RPB Meeting: Identify draft goals for regional ocean planning and mechanisms for receiving public input about those draft goals; provide opportunities for public input about topics under consideration.
    May/June 2013 Public Comment Meetings: Ten public meetings throughout New England to discuss draft regional ocean planning goals.
  • January Northeast RPB Meeting: approve goals and objectives; move forward on related tasks.
    May/June Public Engagement: Natural Resources Workshops and focused engagement to discuss progress toward goals of effective Decision-Making and Healthy Ocean and Coastal Ecosystems.
    June Northeast RPB Meeting: Review progress toward all goals.
    Fall Public meetings/workshops and Northeast RPB meeting: Feedback on progress toward each goal.
  • Spring Prior to the June 2015 RPB Meeting, a Stakeholder Forum to review progress on the use of marine life and ocean use data, particularly in the context of the RPB’s goal of compatibility among past, present, and future uses and natural resources.
    June Northeast RPB Meeting: Review approach to developing draft plan by considering agency use of ocean plan data products; discuss draft outline for regional ocean plan.
    Fall Northeast RPB meeting and public meetings: Review revised products for each goal; discuss future work of the RPB.
  • Winter Northeast RPB meeting: Approve final products for each goal--collectively, the regional ocean plan--and determine the RPB's future.
    Spring Workshops/public meetings: Collect public comment on Draft Plan.
    May Northeast RPB Meeting: Review public comment on draft plan and approve final version of regional ocean plan for National Ocean Council review.

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