Ocean planning in the Northeast follows these principles:
- Meaningful public participation. Reflect the knowledge, perspectives, and needs of ocean stakeholders—fishermen; scientists; boaters; environmental groups; leaders in the shipping, ports, and energy industries; and all New Englanders whose lives are touched by the ocean.
- Sound science. Use accurate, up-to-date data and information, from traditional knowledge to innovative mapping technologies.
- A comprehensive, ecosystem-based approach. Consider the “big picture” of ecological, economic, cultural, and other needs in our region.
- Transparent, efficient government decision-making. Reduce duplication and inefficiency in decision-making, and coordinate among agencies and governments based on a common vision, common information sources, and clear decision-making processes.
- Adaptive management. Update decisions as we learn more about patterns of ocean uses, and as environmental, social, and economic conditions change.