Mid-Atlantic Ocean Action Plan Comment Deadline is September 6th!

A brisingid seastar rests on a small bubblegum coral in Hydrographer canyon
A brisingid seastar rests on a small bubblegum coral in Hydrographer canyon. Image courtesy of NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program, 2013 Northeast U.S. Canyons Expedition.

September 6th Deadline for Public Comments on Draft Mid-Atlantic Ocean Plan

One week remains for you to comment on the draft Mid-Atlantic Ocean Action Plan! Everyone is encouraged to provide input, including those outside the region. All comments made by September 6th will be considered by the Mid-Atlantic Regional Planning Body as they prepare the final version of the plan this fall. Public input on this ground-breaking US regional ocean plan is critical to ensure it is as strong as possible for implementation in 2017.

Read the Mid-Atlantic Ocean Action Planhttp://www.boem.gov/Ocean-Action-Plan

Email comments to: MidAtlanticRPB@boem.gov

Or mail to:
Robert P. LaBelle, MidA RPB Federal Co-Lead
45600 Woodland Road
Mailstop: VAM-BOEM DIR
Sterling, VA 20166

NRDC Petition to Protect the Mid-Atlantic’s Important Ocean Places

humpback_whale_sea 2Check out NRDC’s online petition calling on the Mid-Atlantic Regional Planning Body to identify areas offshore that are important for the health of marine life. Already over 8000 people have signed it!


Petition on Mid-Atlantic Ocean Action Plan from Surfrider Foundation

Portal_M-A_MapSurfrider Foundation has an online petition to the Mid-Atlantic Regional Planning Body members asking them to include Ecologically Rich Areas (ERAs) in the final Ocean Action Plan – in order to help protect and enhance ocean health for generations to come. Please sign by September 6th!


New Poll Shows Support for Ocean Planning and Protection

iStock_000019689622MediumCheck out the results of a recent poll sponsored by NRDC asking Mid-Atlantic residents about their thoughts on oceans. The finding was that people overwhelmingly support protecting our ocean! This blog post has more details:

Inform Your Community About Ocean Planning – Free Ocean Frontiers DVDs

Use the Ocean Frontiers films to inform your friends, colleagues and community about ocean planning. Sign up here to request free DVDs.



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Karen Anspacher-Meyer
Green Fire Productions