Ocean Planning in the Northeast

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May 12 Stakeholder Registration Now Open

Apr. 12–Registration is now open for the May 12 Stakeholder Forum. To register, or for more information, visit the event page.

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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 On May 12, prior to the June 2015 RPB Meeting, the RPB will host a Stakeholder Forum to review progress on the use of marine life and ocean use data, particularly in the context of the RPB’s goal of compatibility among past, present, and future uses and natural resources.
    June Northeast RPB Meeting: Review draft products for each goal; discuss options for the future of the RPB and ocean planning products.
    Fall 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.
    Spring Workshops/public meetings: Collect public comment on Draft Plan.
    May Northeast RPB Meeting: Review public comment on draft plan and approve final version of regional ocean plan for National Ocean Council review.

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