Public meetings on Ocean Planning are coming to communities across New England in May and June, and we encourage you to attend and invite others! We’re making Ocean Frontiers DVDs available for free for all who wish to share the film with friends and colleagues. Ocean Frontiers is an ideal way to bring people up to speed on ocean planning and let others know of the important opportunity to attend an ocean planning meeting in New England. To receive a free DVD fill out this short form: www.tinyurl.com/ofdvdrequest.
Draft regional ocean planning goals and potential actions will be discussed at these upcoming meetings. The Northeast Regional Planning Body, a group of state, tribal and federal representatives from New England who are working to implement the National Ocean Policy and address critical New England ocean issues, wants your input on these goals and actions. Additional information on their progress can be found here: http://northeastoceancouncil.org/regional-planning-body/meetings/
These public meetings will be held in May & June as follows*:
- Portland, ME Thursday, May 23, 4-7pm
- Narragansett, RI Tuesday, May 28, 4-7pm
- Ellsworth, ME Monday, June 3, 4-7pm
- Rockland, ME Tuesday, June 4, 5:30-8:30pm
- Boston, MA Thursday, June 6, 4-7pm
- New Haven, CT Thursday, June 13, 4-7pm
- New Bedford, MA Monday, June 17, 4-7pm
- Gloucester, MA Tuesday, June 18, 4-7pm
- Barnstable, MA Wednesday, June 19, 4-7pm
- Portsmouth, NH Tuesday, June 25, 4-7pm
*Additional information for these meetings (specific venues, agenda, etc.) is available at: http://goo.gl/m2OmH
These meetings will occur within the period during which the Northeast Regional Planning Body seeks public input regarding draft goals; public comment will be taken at these meetings. These meetings will also be an opportunity to review draft maps and products from initial efforts to gather information on the natural resources and diverse uses of the ocean, including fishing, transportation, energy and infrastructure, aquaculture, and recreation. If you are not available to attend but would like to provide input, please do so by June 28, 2013. The draft goals will be available through the same website <http://goo.gl/m2OmH> in mid-May along with additional details for providing public comment, but for now please hold the dates!
Thank you for attending and/or encouraging others to attend these important meetings!