Ocean Planning in the Northeast

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Northeast RPB Projects

Effective planning requires detailed information on human activities in ocean areas, such as commercial fishing, shipping, and boating. It also requires information about the ocean ecosystem, such as areas used by marine mammals, fish, and birds.

This page provides links to information about regional projects to gather this needed information. These projects are collaborative efforts that include scientists, fishermen, boaters, and environmental groups, as well as leaders in the shipping, aquaculture, and energy industries. This approach helps ensure that people who depend on the ocean are involved in ocean planning. The Northeast Regional Ocean Council, particularly its Ocean Planning Committee, has been an important resource for and contributor to the Northeast RPB’s work. Links to efforts to improve coordination among regulatory agencies and implementation of existing authorities are also provided.

Recent Documents and Updates

Visit the Ocean Planning Library for more documents and the News Archive for other past news items.


Northeast RPB News

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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