Ocean Planning in the Northeast

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November 2017 Northeast Ocean Planning Meetings

October 16, 2017 – Registration is now open for the November 15-16, 2017 Northeast ocean planning meetings.

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Thursday 9/21 Northeast Ocean Health Index Workshop – POSTPONED

September 19, 2017 — The Ocean Health Index (OHI) workshop, scheduled for this Thursday, September 21, 2017, has been postponed due to potential travel difficulties.

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September 21, 2017 Ocean Health Index Workshop meeting materials now available

September 11, 2017—Revised meeting materials for September 21 Ocean Health Index Workshop are now available here.

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September 21, 2017 Ocean Health Index Workshop Draft Agenda

August 17, 2017—The September 21st Ocean Health Index meeting materials are now available here.

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May 24th Northeast RPB meeting summary

July 12, 2017-The May 24th Northeast RPB meeting summary is now available; fall meeting dates announced

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Northeast RPB meeting (updated materials)

May 18, 2017—Updated materials are now available for the May 24 Northeast RPB meeting.

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RPB Meeting

May 9, 2017— Registration is now open for the May 24 Northeast RPB meeting.

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Northeast RPB to hold May 2 Stakeholder Forum

April 26, 2017—The RPB will hold a Stakeholder Forum on May 2.

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Northeast RPB to hold April 13th webinar

April 6, 2017—The RPB will hold webinar for May stakeholder forum on April 13.

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New Northeast RPB Co-Leads

February 21, 2017—The RPB has new federal and state co-leads

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May 2017 Stakeholder Forum and Public Meeting

February 21, 2017—The Northeast RPB will hold its next public meeting on May 24th, 2017

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Plan Adoption Memo signed

January 19, 2017 – Northeast RPB members and federal principals of the National Ocean Council have signed a Plan Adoption Memo.

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National Ocean Council certifies the Northeast Ocean Plan!

December 7, 2016 –The Northeast RPB is pleased to announce that the National Ocean Council has certified the first-in-the-nation Northeast Ocean Plan.

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Revised Northeast Ocean Plan Released!

Oct. 19, 2016 –The Northeast RPB is proud to submit the revised Northeast Ocean Plan to the National Ocean Council. Review the revised Plan here.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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January 2016 EBM WG Meeting Summary

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

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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.

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November 2017 Northeast Ocean Planning Meetings

October 16, 2017 – Registration is now open for the November 15-16, 2017 Northeast ocean planning meetings.

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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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