Working together to manage New England’s ocean resources

The Northeast Ocean Plan brings together ocean users – including energy, fishing, shipping, government, conservation, and recreation stakeholders– and the public to make informed, coordinated, and science-based decisions about how we all use and protect our ocean.

CLF in Action

New England led the nation in developing the first comprehensive regional ocean plan, which was approved in 2016. CLF was an active partner with other stakeholders in the planning process, which was led by the Northeast Regional Planning Body – an organization of representatives from federal and state agencies, tribes, the New England Fishery Management Council, and other stakeholders.

Throughout the planning process, CLF pushed to ensure that the plan incorporates the best available scientific data. Now, as the plan is implemented, we’re worked to make sure it moves forward sustainable uses of our ocean resources while safeguarding wildlife and sensitive underwater habitats.