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Draft Ocean Action Plan released for the Mid-Atlantic

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Officials from across the Mid-Atlantic released the draft of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Ocean Action Plan on Tuesday, July 5, 2016. As the first of its kind in the region, the Ocean Action Plan outlines a collaborative approach to ocean planning in the Mid-Atlantic and will promote sustainable ocean uses and healthy ocean ecosystems from New York to Virginia. 
Established in April, 2013 in response to the National Ocean Policy’s call for increased regional ocean planning, the Mid-Atlantic Regional Planning Body (RPB) works to improve coordination, share data, and build collaborative relationships to address regional ocean issues. Members of the RPB include Federal, Tribal, State, and Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council representatives, and its leadership is shared among Federal, Tribal, and State Co-leads. 
The overarching aim of regional planning in the United States is to improve coordination and integration across the institutions that manage our oceans, boost transparency and public engagement, incorporate sound science into decision making, and balance anticipated uses of the ocean and its resources. By tailoring ocean planning to regional needs and concerns in a public and transparent process, RBPs play a major role in maximizing the effectiveness of ocean planning.
Meridian played an instrumental role in organizing and facilitating RPB meetings, webinars, and public listening sessions. The draft Plan was also prepared by Meridian on behalf of the RPB.
The Mid-Atlantic Regional Ocean Action Plan is open for public comment through September 6, 2016, and the RPB anticipates finalizing the Plan by the end of 2016. The draft Plan can be downloaded at http://www.boem.gov/Draft-MidA-Regional-Ocean-Action-Plan/.