Ocean Planning in the Northeast

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June 26, 2014 RPB Meeting

A Northeast Regional Planning Body (NE RPB) Natural Resources Public Workshop and fourth NE RPB meeting took place on June 25-26, 2014 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The workshop and meeting both took place at The Charles Hotel located at 1 Bennett Street in Cambridge.

On June 26th, the Northeast Regional Planning Body held its fourth meeting. During this meeting, the RPB and staff provided an update on ongoing planning activities, including efforts to identify options for interagency coordination and the use of regional data under the ocean planning goal “Effective Decision Making.” At this meeting, the RPB considered options for technical and stakeholder input into ocean planning decisions as outlined in the Advisory Functions Options document (PDF) (4pp, 220k). Public participants were given opportunities to comment on RPB proceedings and decisions both at the meeting as well as prior to it via the online comment portal.

Additional products from this meeting include:

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 Workshops/public meetings: Review draft baseline assessment and progress on the use of marine life and ocean use data, regulatory coordination, and future scenario development.
    May/June Northeast RPB Meeting: Review draft products for each goal; discuss options for the future of the RPB and ocean planning products.
    Fall/Winter Northeast RPB meeting and public meetings: Review revised products for each goal; discuss future work of the RPB.
  • Winter Northeast RPB meeting: Approve final products for each goal--collectively, the regional ocean plan--and determine the RPB's future.

Northeast RPB News


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.

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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.

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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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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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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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