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Spring 2015 Ecosystem-Based Management Workshop

On April 8, prior to the June 2015 RPB Meeting, the RPB hosted a day-long workshop on ecosystem-based management (EBM) at Holloway Commons on the University of New Hampshire (UNH) campus at Durham, NH.

Meeting Purpose and Tie to June RPB Meeting

The workshop’s content, along with the discussions at the Stakeholder Forum directly fed into the draft agenda for the June RPB meeting.

Building on previous work that sought to define and implement EBM, this event helped to establish a framework and context for considering existing ocean planning projects and activities and served to define immediate and long-term next steps.

Approximately 80 people participated in the workshop, which featured six panelists who shared their knowledge about and experience in EBM:

  • Dr. Michael Fogarty, NE Fisheries Science Center
  • Chuckie Green, Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Council
  • Dr. Anamarija Frankic, University of Massachusetts-Boston
  • Dr. Kathy Mills, Gulf of Maine Research Institute
  • Dr. Andrew Rosenberg, Union of Concerned Scientists
  • Brent Greenfield, National Ocean Policy Coalition

Participants considered the challenges of EBM at different scales, from local to regional, what elements the RPB is already advancing, and how EBM might apply within existing authorities. They also provided a number of specific ideas that the RPB could consider in their June meeting to advance EBM work and in the first regional plan.

Meeting Documents

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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.
  • Winter Northeast RPB members and federal principals of the National Ocean Council sign Plan Adoption Memo.
    Spring See Events and Meetings
    April Informational webinar to prepare for stakeholder forum.
    May Stakeholder forum and RPB public meeting.

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