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. Both events will be held at The Charles Hotel, located at 1 Bennett Street in Cambridge.
On June 25th, please join the Northeast RPB, scientists, managers, and other interested parties for a workshop on natural resource assessments for ocean planning that will inform ocean planning work in the months to come. We need your input as the RPB proceeds 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 will:
- Inform options for characterizing marine mammal, sea turtle, bird, and fish distribution and abundance for use in ocean planning.
- Discuss 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.
Registration will begin at 9:30 am; the workshop will begin at 10:00 am and will adjourn at 5:30 pm. A reception will follow from 6:00 pm-7:30 pm.
On June 26th, please join the Northeast Regional Planning Body for its fourth meeting. During this meeting, the RPB and staff will provide 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.” The RPB will also consider options for technical and stakeholder input into ocean planning decisions. Public participants will be given opportunities to comment on RPB proceedings and decisions.
Registration will begin at 8:00 am; the meeting will begin at 8:30 am and will adjourn at 5:00 pm.
Agendas and meeting materials will be posted to the event pages linked above and at neoceanplanning.org in advance of the Natural Resources Workshop and the RPB meeting. Please register here to indicate your attendance at both the June 25 Natural Resources Workshop and the June 26 NE RPB meeting.