The Ocean Planning Committee has been responsible for helping to scope and provide oversight for the regional ocean planning projects listed below. Up-to-date project details and products can now be found on the Projects page of the Northeast Regional Planning Body website.
Working closely with partner organizations to provide easy-to-use interactive maps and data for ocean planning.
Characterizing Spatial Patterns of Commercial Fishing
Developing maps of commercial fishing activity with participation of the commercial fishing industry, scientists, and managers.
Marine Industry Engagement
Conducting meetings and workshops with marine industry representatives to determine key planning issues.
Conservation and Science Community Engagement
Engaging with science and conservation communities to identify and better understand natural resource conservation issues that can be addressed through regional ocean planning.
Review of Marine Habitat Classification, Characterization, and Modeling Activities
Reviewing a range of approaches to marine habitat classification that could help to advance management of ocean habitats.
Northeast Recreational Boater Survey
Obtaining spatial and economic information on recreational saltwater boating activity throughout the Northeast.
Download the Committee’s work plan for 2015-2016.
Assist in the development of a regional ocean plan to support ecosystem-based management of the Northeast’s marine environment and its human uses by working collaboratively with federal, state and tribal government, Northeast Fisheries Management Council, and stakeholders.
Sustaining New England’s Ocean Heritage
The health of the ocean and the livelihoods that depend on it are vitally important to New England residents, visitors, and businesses. In 2009, ocean-related economic activity totaled over $11 billion in GDP for the region, providing over 190,000 jobs. People in New England greatly value this traditional ocean-related heritage and are seeking basic needs from the ocean—food, energy, conservation, and others—in new and increasingly complex ways. Simultaneously, there is much to learn about the ocean ecosystem, its natural resources, and existing uses that depend on those resources such as fishing, shipping, and recreation. Better scientific information and a better understanding of current and potential human uses of the ocean will enable New England to achieve its economic goals and ensure healthy oceans.
Data and Information for Ocean Planning
To meet these needs, NROC is gathering data and developing maps of human activities such as commercial fishing, shipping, and boating. NROC also is helping to enhance understanding of the ocean ecosystem by developing maps of areas used by marine mammals, fish, and birds. For these projects, NROC is working with people directly involved with these activities: scientists, fishermen, boaters, and environmental groups, as well as leaders in the shipping, ports, and energy industries. This approach ensures that people who depend on the ocean are involved in NROC’s work.
Shared Membership with Regional Planning Body
The National Ocean Policy states that a Regional Planning Body will have the responsibility of developing an ocean management plan for New England. In spring 2012, New England’s governors, federal agencies, Northeast Fishery Management Council, and tribal governments named representatives to this Regional Planning Body. NROC shares membership with the Regional Planning Body, and thus NROC will be an important resource and contributor to the development of a New England ocean plan — a blueprint for the future of our ocean.
The committee has determined three strategies for working toward its goal. During 2012-2014, the committee will:
- Develop information and engage stakeholders in support of regional ocean planning.
- Develop data and science products in support of regional ocean planning.
- Connect and strengthen regional ocean planning efforts in NE through providing a forum for discussion, seeking new sources of capacity.
Betsy Nicholson, NOAA (Federal Co-chair), firstname.lastname@example.org
Grover Fugate, Rhode Island (State Co-chair), email@example.com
Kathleen Leyden, Maine
Matthew Nixon, Maine
Steve Couture, New Hampshire
Chris Williams, New Hampshire
Bruce Carlisle, Massachusetts
Brian Thompson, Connecticut
David Blatt, Connecticut
Robert LaBelle, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM)
Leann Bullin, BOEM
Sherry Morgan, Fish and Wildlife Service
Patrick Gilman, Department of Energy (DOE)
Meghan Massaua, DOE
Lorraine Wakeman, Department of Transportation (DOT)
George Jackson, DOT
Jeffrey Flumignan, DOT
Cherryl Barnett, Navy
Joe Atangan, Navy Joint Chiefs of Staff
Christopher Boelke, NOAA
Daniel Martin, NOAA
Katie Lund, NOAA
Ron Beck, U.S. Coast Guard (USCG)
Michele DesAutels, USCG
Daniel Hubbard, USCG
Mel Cote, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Regina Lyons, EPA
Peter Murdoch, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
Walter Barnhardt, USGS
Christine Clarke, Department of Agriculture
John Weber, NROC Ocean Planning Director
Nick Napoli, NROC Ocean Planning Project Manager