Northeast Regional Planning Body Meeting to Develop Ocean Plan for New England Wednesday and Thursday, January 22 & 23

Jason Shemenski Jason Shemenski

Emily Dahl, Conservation Law Foundation
Phone: (978) 394-3506

Representatives from New England states, federal government, fishermen, renewable energy developers, tribal nations, and others meet to continue development of the nation’s first regional ocean plan


Representatives from New England states, federal government, tribal nations, the fishing industry, recreational boaters, offshore renewable energy developers, conservationists and others will convene for a two-day meeting to continue development of the Northeast Regional Ocean Plan. Among the important topics that will help to decide the future management of New England’s ocean and coasts are the Plan Framework and Workplan goals, objectives, and actions. Topics will include measures needed to ensure healthy coastal and ocean ecosystems, improved decision making about ocean uses, stakeholder engagement around ocean planning and an in-depth discussion of elements of the two year Draft Workplan designed to produce an ocean plan for New England’s ocean waters. Each day, members of the public will have the opportunity to offer formal public comment and provide input on specific aspects of the Draft Workplan.

The Northeast Regional Planning Body (NE RPB) was established following the 2010 creation of America’s first National Ocean Policy. The NE RPB is working to develop a comprehensive, and ecosystem-based ocean plan, based on sound science to improve the management and stewardship of New England’s ocean waters.

A complete agenda is available here:


Wednesday, January 22, 2014 – 10 AM to 6 PM meeting; networking reception 6:15 to 7:30 PM
Thursday, January 23, 2014 – 8:30 AM public registration; 9 AM to 4:45 PM meeting


Hyatt Regency Cambridge, 575 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, Massachusetts


Betsy Nicholson, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; NE RPB Federal Co-Lead
Grover Fugate, Rhode Island Coastal Resource Management Council; NE RPB State Co-Lead
Richard Getchell, Aroostoock Band of Micmac Indians; NE RPB Tribal Co-Lead
Representatives from the U.S. Department of Energy
Representatives from the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Management
NE RPB Members
Members of the public

The Northeast Regional Planning Body is the first active regional planning body established following creation of the National Ocean Policy in 2010. Regional ocean planning, technically known as coastal and marine spatial planning, is one of nine objectives of the National Ocean Policy. Regional Ocean Planning is a science based process of improving decisions about ocean resources before conflict arises – by involving everyone who has a stake in those resources, including conservation groups, recreational users, and commercial and industrial entities. Members of the Northeast Regional Planning Body include federal, tribal, state, and New England Fishery Management Council representatives.

Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) has taken a lead role in the Regional Ocean Planning process, advocating for a more comprehensive and proactive approach to our management and stewardship of the ocean.  This approach will work to ensure that the people of New England will be able to take advantage of all the ocean has to offer by way of food, transportation, clean renewable energy and recreation, while at the same time ensuring the essential protection of the ocean ecosystem which is the source of all goods and services we enjoy.

Conservation Law Foundation protects New England’s environment for the benefit of all people. Using the law, science and the market, CLF creates solutions that preserve natural resources, build healthy communities, and sustain a vibrant economy region-wide. Founded in 1966, CLF is a nonprofit, member-supported organization with offices in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.

Focus Areas



Rhode Island