Cultural and historic resources are important considerations in regional ocean planning. The RPB includes the region’s ten federally recognized tribes as specified in the National Ocean Policy and agencies responsible for identifying and protecting historic resources. Preliminary discussions with the tribes have focused on identifying resources of tribal concern and enhancing tribal participation in related government decisions.
- The RPB has hired a tribal engagement coordinator who will begin engaging the tribes and others in identifying areas of cultural importance, developing methods to better map and document tribal resources, and identifying ways in which tribes can be better incorporated into decision processes.
- Ocean planning staff and the Data Portal team are identifying datasets representing the region’s rich historic and archaeological resources, including shipwrecks and coastal historic sites.
August 17, 2017—The September 21st Ocean Health Index meeting materials are now available here.More...
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.