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.


Public Comment Portal

The Northeast RPB is pleased to announce the 2014 Recreational Use Survey. The survey is an opt-in, online tool to collect data about individual recreation uses, such as sea kayaking, surfing, and general beach use.

Take the survey here

Northeast RPB Projects

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


Northeast RPB News

November 2014 RPB Meeting Materials now available!

Dec. 19–The November RPB meeting summary is now available.


2014 Recreational Use Survey

Dec. 5–The Northeast RPB is pleased to announce the 2014 Recreational Use Survey.


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.


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.


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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