Draft US Ocean Plans Being Released!

Basking Shark
Basking shark off the Atlantic coast. Credit: Florian Graner

May 25th – Draft Northeast Ocean Plan Release & Webinar

The Northeast Regional Planning Body (RPB) will release the draft Northeast Ocean Plan on May 25. Join the RPB’s webinar from 12-2pm ET to announce the plan’s release, review its contents, and go over the schedule for the 60 day comment period.
Webinar registrationhttp://neoceanplanning.org/news/draft-plan-and-rpb-webinar-may-25

Public meetings on the draft ocean plan:
Check for updates: http://neoceanplanning.org/events/draft-plan-comment-meetings/

Monday, June 6 – Maine
Location: Rockland Public Library, 80 Union Street, Rockland, ME
Time: 5PM to 8PM

Wednesday, June 8 – Connecticut
Location: Conference Room, Marine District Headquarters, 333 Ferry Road, Old Lyme, CT
Time: 7PM to 9PM

Monday, June 13 – Massachusetts
Location: Maritime Gloucester, 23 Harbor Loop, Gloucester, MA (TENTATIVE)
Time: 6PM to 8:30PM

Tuesday, June 14 – Massachusetts
Location: Executive Office of Environmental Affairs, 100 Cambridge Street, 2nd Floor, Hearing Rooms C & D, Boston, MA
Time: 2PM to 4:30PM

Wednesday, June 15 – Massachusetts
Location: New Bedford Public Library, 613 Pleasant St., New Bedford, MA
Time: 6PM to 8:30PM

Monday, June 20 – Maine
Location: Ellsworth Public Library, 20 State Street, Ellsworth, ME
Time: 5PM to 8PM

Monday, June 27 – New Hampshire
Location: Portsmouth, NH DES Office 222 International Drive, Suite 175
Time: 6PM to 8:30PM

Wednesday, June 29 – Rhode Island
Location: TBD
Time: 6PM to 8:30PM

Thursday, June 30 – Maine
Location: Portland, ME TBD
Time: 5PM to 8PM

Northeast RPB website: http://neoceanplanning.org
Public Comments to the Northeast RBP: http://neoceanplanning.org/public-comment

Draft Mid-Atlantic Ocean Action Plan to be Released in June 2016

The Mid-Atlantic Regional Planning Body (RPB) is due to release the draft Mid-Atlantic Ocean Action Plan at the end of June. On Monday, July 11, 2016, from 10:30am to 1:00pm, a public webinar will introduce the draft plan. Details on how to register will be posted on the websites below.

The Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean (MARCO) is hosting public meetings on the draft plan in July:

  • Tue. July 12 in Virginia Beach, VA – 6-8pm at the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center
  • Thu. July 14 in West Long Branch, NJ – 6-8pm at Monmouth University in Pozycki Hall
  • (tentative) Tues. July 19 in Maryland – Details TBA
  • Wed. July 20 in Lewes, DE – 6-8pm at the Virden Retreat Center, University of Delaware
  • Wed. July 27 in Selden, NY – 6-8pm at the Babylon Student Center
  • Details on the MARCO calendar: http://midatlanticocean.org/event-calendar

Mid-Atlantic RPB website: http://www.boem.gov/mid-atlantic-regional-planning-body
Public Comments to the Mid-Atlantic RPB: MidAtlanticRPB@boem.gov
Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean (MARCO): http://midatlanticocean.org

Upcoming Screenings of Ocean Frontiers II and The Great Bear Sea

2016 continues to be a busy year for events with films from the Ocean Frontiers series! Here’s a list of upcoming events in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. Get the most recent information at https://ocean-frontiers.org/find-a-screening

If you would like to host a screening in your community or at your workplace, please get in touch!