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


June 2014 Meeting Materials Posted

Jun. 6, 2014–The draft agendas for the both 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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Request for Proposals for Characterization of Recreational Activity

Mar. 12, 2014—The Northeast Regional Ocean Council and the Northeast Regional Planning Body have released a new RFP to develop products characterizing coastal and marine recreational activity in New England.

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Request for Proposals for Marine Life Characterization (Q&A now available)

Mar. 14, 2014 – The final Q&A is now available.

Feb. 20, 2014 – The Northeast Regional Ocean Council and the Northeast Regional Planning Body have released a new RFP to develop products characterizing marine life distribution, abundance, and trends.

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