The Northeast Regional Planning Body (NE RPB) hosted a public webinar on August 27, 2014, to provide updates about the Marine Life Characterization project. Ocean planning staff and members of the Marine Life Data Analysis Team (MDAT) from Duke University reviewed the formation of expert work groups, summarizing outcomes from initial work group meetings, and discussing next steps. Participants were also given the opportunity to see some initial outputs from MDAT’s existing models and to ask questions of the team.
Key documents from this webinar include:
- Webinar Introductory Presentation (PDF) (13pp, 592k)
- Duke University Presentation on MDAT (PDF) (35pp, 3.9M)
- Marine Life Webinar Summary (PDF) (4pp, 424k)
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Ocean Planning Timeline
November 2012 Inaugural Northeast RPB Meeting: Develop common understanding about the RPB; provide context and lay foundation of regional ocean planning; engage stakeholders and the public, discuss initial focus. April 2013 Northeast RPB Meeting: Northeast RPB Meeting: Identify draft goals for regional ocean planning and mechanisms for receiving public input about those draft goals; provide opportunities for public input about topics under consideration. May/June 2013 Public Comment Meetings: Ten public meetings throughout New England to discuss draft regional ocean planning goals.
January Northeast RPB Meeting: approve goals and objectives; move forward on related tasks. May/June Public Engagement: Natural Resources Workshops and focused engagement to discuss progress toward goals of effective Decision-Making and Healthy Ocean and Coastal Ecosystems. June Northeast RPB Meeting: Review progress toward all goals. Fall Public meetings/workshops and Northeast RPB meeting: Feedback on progress toward each goal.
Spring Stakeholder Forum: Review progress on the use of marine life and ocean use data, regulatory coordination, and future scenario development. June Northeast RPB Meeting: Review approach to developing draft plan by considering agency use of ocean plan data products; discuss draft outline for regional ocean plan. Fall Northeast RPB meeting and public meetings: Review revised products for each goal; discuss future work of the RPB.
Winter EBM Working Group: Review progress on Draft Northeast Ocean Plan, marine life and habitat data product development, including IEAs Framework. Spring Northeast RPB Meeting (via webinar): Release Draft Plan for public review. Summer Collect public comment on the Draft Plan through public meetings and other opportunities. Fall September public webinar to review changes to the Draft Plan and October submittal of revised Plan to the National Ocean Council.