EBC Ocean & Coastal Resources Program: Presentation and Discussion of the Draft Northeast Regional Ocean Plan
Building on ocean plans for state waters developed by Massachusetts and Rhode Island, the Northeast Regional Planning Body (RPB) has developed a Draft Northeast Regional Ocean Plan. The Plan will inform and guide federal agencies’ implementation of existing ocean-related authorities in marine (state and federal) waters within the 200-mile limit between Canada and New York. This EBC Ocean and Coastal Resources program will provide attendees an overview presentation of the Draft Plan and an opportunity to discuss key aspects with the Federal RPB co-chair and the planning team. The session is intended to provide information and context for participants as part of the RPB’s formal public comment period that will run from May 25 to July 25, 2016. Notice of availability of the Draft Plan for public review and comment also will be published in the Federal Register; see the RPB web site for further details: www.neoceanplanning.org.
The National Ocean Policy, established by Presidential Executive Order in 2010, called for the formation of nine regionally focused planning bodies to better manage the nation’s oceans and coasts. The Northeast was the first region in the nation to respond to this call, and launched the Northeast RPB in November 2012. The RPB is comprised of representatives from the five Northeast states with marine coastlines, six federally recognized tribes, nine federal agencies, and the New England Fishery Management Council.
The insight and participation of marine industries has been and will continue to be a critical component of Plan development. The Plan presents a framework for the management application of an extraordinary amount of new data and derived products that represent marine life and human activities in the planning area (available on-line at the Northeast Ocean Data Portal, www.neoceandata.org). These materials have been developed in collaboration with, and vetted for publication and use by, a wide range of agencies, subject-matter experts, and stakeholders. Marine industry interests that have been engaged at the sectoral and sub-sectoral level include commercial fishing, navigation and commercial shipping, offshore renewable energy, recreational fishing and other marine recreation activities, offshore infrastructure (including sand and gravel mining), deep-water aquaculture, and others. The draft Regional Ocean Plan describes federal agency commitments to applying these data products in their management and regulatory programs; it also contains other actions intended to enhance intergovernmental coordination and public engagement.
As one part of an extensive and continuing stakeholder engagement process, this EBC Ocean and Coastal Resources program is an opportunity to learn how regional data and agency coordination will be used to support more effective decision making for projects and activities in Northeast waters. Please join us for this important and timely discussion of the Draft Northeast Regional Ocean Plan.
General Continuing Education Certificates are awarded by the EBC for this program (2.5 training contact hours). Please select this option during registration if you wish to receive a certificate.
- Stephanie Moura, Managing Partner, SeaPlan
Introducing the Speakers
- Payson Whitney, Chair, EBC Ocean & Coastal Resources Committee; Vice President, ESS Group, Inc.
- Bruce Carlisle, Director, Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM)
- Mel Cote, Chief – Surface Water Branch, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 1
- David Pierce, Director, Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF)
- John Weber, Ocean Planning Director, Northeast Regional Ocean Council
Registration: 7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
Program: 8:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
EBC Member: $50*
*At the door, add $20.
For EBC Members only – register five attendees for the price of four!
Discount will automatically be applied during online registration.
Cancellations must be received by 5:00 p.m. on June 10 for a refund. No-shows will be charged. Please keep in mind that online registration closes at 2:00 p.m. on June 13. Walk-in registration is accepted at the door with a $20 late fee.
Subsidized registrations are not accepted at the door. Only 5 registrations available at each rate.
EBC Members Only – Young Environmental Professional Rate: $25
For EBC Members only. Attendees who have worked in their field for less than 5 years.
Job Seeker Rate: $25
For attendees currently seeking employment, not for those currently self-employed.