DECEMBER 7, 2016 (BOSTON, MA) – Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) released the following statement today following approval from the Obama Administration’s National Ocean Council of the Northeast Ocean Plan, the first regional ocean management plan in the United States.
“This is a game changer for the management of our ocean in New England,” said CLF’s Vice President and Director of Ocean Conservation Priscilla Brooks. “Based on the most comprehensive scientific database ever compiled for New England’s ocean and intensive stakeholder input, the Northeast Ocean Plan will effectively enable the region to capitalize on all the ocean has to offer by way of food, clean renewable energy, transportation, recreation, and jobs, while ensuring that the ocean we all depend upon is healthy and thriving. CLF applauds this historic achievement as a critical step toward ensuring an effectively managed, healthy ocean and coastal communities for generations to come.”
Read more about CLF’s work on regional ocean planning here.
CLF experts are available for further comment.
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Elements of the Regional Ocean Plan
The Regional Ocean Plan is a nearly 200-page document with five chapters, covering:
The need for and function of ocean planning.
The unique context for ocean planning in New England, and a description of the new online data portal, a keystone feature of the plan that will include easily accessible maps showing key information and up-to-date scientific data on everything from marine mammal migration patterns to shipping routes to fishery data.
How federal agencies are committing to take action under the plan within 10 ocean use areas (from fishing to national security, transportation, and more).
A summary of how the plan will be implemented.
A section covering six science and research priorities intended to fill the known gaps regarding our understanding of the ocean and how it is used.