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.

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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.

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Public Comment Portal

The RPB is currently seeking feedback and discussion on options under the Effective Decision Making goal and the Healthy Ocean and Coastal Ecosystems goal of the Framework for Ocean Planning in the Northeastern United States.

Submit your comments here

Northeast RPB Projects

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

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Northeast RPB News


November 13-14 RPB Meeting Materials

Nov. 7–As a reminder, the next Northeast Regional Planning Body (RPB) meeting will be held Thursday, November 13-14 in New Castle, NH. The agenda and meeting materials are now posted here.

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Fall 2014 Public Meeting Discussion Materials

Sep. 30–Throughout its Fall Public Meeting Series, the RPB will be seeking feedback and discussion on options under the Effective Decision Making goal and the Healthy Ocean and Coastal Ecosystems goal of the Framework of Ocean Planning in the Northeastern United States. In addition to the meetings, comments will also be accepted online at the Public Comment Portal.

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Fall 2014 Public Meeting Series

Sep. 17–The RPB will host a series of public meetings this fall in advance of the November RPB meeting.

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Marine Life Webinar & Natural Resources Workshop Materials

Aug. 26–New details for the August 27 Marine Life Webinar are now available. Additionally the materials from June’s Natural Resources Workshop have been posted.

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Ocean Planning Public Engagement Dates Announced

Aug. 5–Save the dates of August 27 and November 13 for a public webinar and the next RPB meeting, respectively.

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