Ocean Planning in the Northeast

Website for the Northeast Regional Planning Body Get Involved Natural Resources Workshop

Natural Resources Workshop

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 25th, the Northeast RPB, scientists, managers, and other interested parties met for a workshop on natural resource assessments for ocean planning to inform ocean planning work in the months to come. The RPB solicited public input as it proceeded with specific actions to characterize the region’s ecosystem, its species, and habitats under the ocean planning goal of “Healthy Ocean and Coastal Ecosystems.”

At the workshop, participants:

  • Informed options for characterizing marine mammal, sea turtle, bird, and fish distribution and abundance for use in ocean planning.
  • Discussed a review of existing regional efforts to identify areas of ecological importance or measure the health of the marine system and consider the applicability of such assessments for ocean planning.

The agenda for this workshop (PDF) (2pp, 302k) is available for review, as is the draft Draft Marine Life Assessment Summary (PDF) (58pp, 716k) which was discussed at the workshop.

Additional documents 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 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.
  • January 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.
    September Tentative: Northeast RPB Meeting following incorporation of public comment to approve final version of regional ocean plan for National Ocean Council review.

Northeast RPB News

Sep. 28 Ocean Plan Update Webinar

On September 28, 2016, from 1:30pm to 3:00pm, the Northeast RPB will host a webinar in order to provide an overview of revisions to the draft plan and the general schedule for the remainder of 2016. See the event page for more details.


Draft Plan Public Comment Meeting Schedule

Jun. 6–The complete list of times, dates, and locations of the Public Comment Meetings to be held throughout New England in June 2017 has been finalized and is now available.


Draft Plan and RPB Webinar, May 25

May 13–Registration is now open online.
May 2–The RPB will hold a Webinar on Wednesday, May 25, from noon to 2 pm to announce the availability of the Draft Plan and describe the public comment process and opportunities.


January 2016 EBM WG Meeting Summary

The summary of the January 2016 Ecosystem-Based Management Working Group Meeting is now available.


Jan. 6: EBM Working Group Meeting

Upcoming next week is the next Ecosystem-Based Management (EBM) Working Group Meeting, to be held on January 6, 2016.


Thanks Nov. 2015 RPB Meeting Attendees!

Thanks to all who attended the November 2015 RPB Meeting!


Registration Open for November RPB Meeting

Registration is open for the November 16-17 Northeast Regional Planning Body Meeting, which will be held in Portland, Maine.


Ecosystem-Based Management Working Group Meeting

At its June meeting, the RPB called for the creation of an Ecosystem Based Management Work Group. The first meeting of this group will be on September 30th.


June 2015 RPB Meeting Meeting Summary Now Available

Jul. 10–The June 2015 RPB Meeting summary is now available.


June 3-4 RPB Meeting Materials Now Available

May 28–A packet of materials for the RPB meeting next week has been posted to the event page.


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