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Massachusetts: Leading the Way on Ocean Management

Over the years, uses of the Commonwealth’s ocean have been in a constant state of change. Today, with the range of both traditional and emerging uses being proposed and permitted, effective and sustainable management becomes more critical. This seminar will review the Commonwealth’s Ocean Management Initiative including the Task Force Report, proposed legislation, on-going research, and proposed ocean-based projects.

Moderator: Jack Wiggin, Director, Urban Harbor Institute, UMass Boston

Update on Massachusetts Ocean Management Initiative  

Susan Snow Cotter, Director, Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management.

Report on forthcoming study: Assessment of Ocean and Coastal Economy in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts   

David Terkla, Professor, Economics Department, University of Massachusetts Boston.

Seafloor Mapping in Massachusetts   

Bill Schwab, Chief Scientist for USGS, Woods Hole

Energy Facilities Development in Massachusetts – Coastal Ocean Environments – Where do we go from Here?

 Moderator: Charlie Natale, President, ESS Group, Inc.Panel discussion with offshore energy industry representatives on the effects OCRA and Ocean Management Planning for uses of Massachusetts coastal ocean resources to produce or transmit new energy supplies to the Commonwealth to help meet growing energy demands. Project status, legal and permitting challenges, and the role of environmental companies in facilitating project review and development will also be discussed.

  • Offshore Wind Energy – Dennis Duffy, Vice President, Governmental and Regulatory Affairs, Energy Management Inc.
  • Deep Water Port Facilities/LNG – Rob Bryngelson, Vice President, Excelerate Energy, LLC.
  • Interstate Offshore Electric Transmission – Dr. Edward Krapels, Principal, Anbaric, LLC
  • Offshore Natural Gas Pipelines – Ralph Child, Mintz Levin for Duke Energy


The Commonwealth’s Proactive role in the Effective Management of Massachusetts Ocean Resources

Robert O’Leary, Legislator, Massachusetts State Senate