Ocean Planning in the Northeast

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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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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


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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June 2014 Meeting Materials Posted

Jun. 6, 2014–The draft agendas for the Natural Resources Workshop and the June 2014 RPB meeting have both been posted, along with other meeting materials.

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June 2014 Natural Resources Workshop and RPB Meeting

May 14, 2014–A Natural Resources Public Workshop and the fourth Northeast Regional Planning Body Meeting will take place on June 25-26, 2014, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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Request for Proposals for Baseline Assessment (Q&A now available)

Apr. 18, 2014 – The final Q&A is now available.

Apr. 1, 2014–The Northeast Regional Ocean Council and the Northeast Regional Planning Body have released a new RFP to develop a baseline assessment for regional ocean planning.

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