Voice Your Support for a Strong Mid-Atlantic Ocean Action Plan

Voice Your Support for a Strong Ocean Plan

whats in the ocean plan 2The Draft Mid-Atlantic Regional Ocean Action Plan has been released!  Anglers and all stakeholders who value our oceans have a critical opportunity to weigh in to support a plan that conserves places of high productivity and diversity, places that are essential to the resilience and function of the ecosystem – wild places that should be enjoyed by future generations.

The Mid-Atlantic is one of nine regional planning areas described under the National Ocean Policy (NOP), created through an Executive Order. Each region can establish a Regional Planning Body (RPB) consisting of federal, state, tribal and fishery management council representatives who work cooperatively to develop Regional Ocean Action Plans.

Scheduled for completion in September 2016, the Mid-Atlantic Ocean Action Plan is well underway, guided by two main goals:

  1. Healthy Ocean Ecosystem: Promote ocean ecosystem health, functionality and integrity through conservation, protection, enhancement, and restoration.
  2. Sustainable Ocean Uses: Plan and provide for existing and emerging ocean uses in a sustainable manner that minimizes conflicts, improves effectiveness and regulatory predictability, and supports economic growth.

How to be Heard

> Download our Fact Sheet.

> Participate in the July 11 Public Webinar on the Draft Mid-Atlantic Regional Ocean Action Plan – 11am-1:30pm EST

> Attend an in-person listening session at one or more of the following locations.

> Unable to attend the webinar or open houses?  Email your comments directly to the Mid-Atlantic Regional Planning Body using MidAtlanticRPB@boem.gov.

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