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U.S. House Natural Resources Subcmte. Holds NOP Oversight Hearing

The U.S. House Natural Resources Committee’s Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans today held an oversight hearing on “The Implications of President Obama’s National Ocean Policy.”  Subcommittee members and witnesses representing the National Association of Charterboat Operators, Seafreeze, Ltd., Magellan Wind, and Family Farm Alliance discussed the potential regulatory, economic, and societal impacts of National [...]

Northeast RPB Announces Webinar Details, Public Meetings

The Northeast Regional Planning Body today announced the availability of an agenda for a May 25, 2016 webinar (12:00 – 2:00 pm EST) to unveil the draft Northeast regional ocean plan, as well as a series of 9 public meetings to be held in June that will include public comment opportunities.  The webinar will include [...]

NOPC Submits Comments on Mid-Atlantic Ocean Plan Working Draft Content

The National Ocean Policy Coalition today submitted comments on the Working Draft Content of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Planning Body’s Regional Ocean Action Plan…

Mid-Atlantic Regional Planning Body Posts Dec. 2015 Webinar Materials

The Mid-Atlantic Regional Planning Body has posted materials including the slide presentation, summary, transcript, and recording from its December 8, 2015 webinar, which provided updates on activities since the RPB’s September meeting, particularly with regard to the development of draft ocean plan actions. The Mid-Atlantic RPB was formally established in April 2013 and is tasked [...]

NOPC Submits Comments on NOAA’s Draft Ecosystem-Based Management Fisheries Policy

The National Ocean Policy Coalition today submitted comments on the National Marine Fisheries Services’ Draft Ecosystem-Based Management Fisheries Policy.  The comments focus on language associated with the draft policy connecting ecosystem-based fisheries management with ecosystem-based management and the National Ocean Policy Executive Order.

NOPC Submits Comments on Draft Gulf of Mexico Restoration Plan

The National Ocean Policy Coalition today submitted comments on the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Draft Programmatic Damage Assessment and Restoration Plan and Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PDARP/PEIS).  The Coalition’s comments focused on language in the Draft PDARP/PEIS that references spatial planning (without defining or addressing it with specificity) as well as the potential establishment or [...]

Northeast RPB Announces Jan. 2016 Meeting for EBM Working Group

The Northeast Regional Planning Body today announced that its Ecosystem-Based Management Working Group will hold its second meeting from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Eastern on Wednesday, Jan. 6.  The location is TBD, but will likely be in the Boston, MA-Providence, RI area. Following a decision at its June 2015 meeting, the RPB established a 12-member [...]

Mid-Atlantic Stakeholder Liaison Cmte. to Hold Nov. 20 Public Meeting

The Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean’s Stakeholder Liaison Committee, established in 2014 to provide input on ocean planning to MARCO, which in turn relays information to the Mid-Atlantic Regional Planning Body (RPB), will hold an in-person meeting in Annapolis, MD on Friday, Nov. 20 (9:00 am – 12:30 pm Eastern).  The meeting will also [...]

Northeast RPB Releases Additional Materials for Nov. 2015 Meeting

The Northeast Regional Planning Body today released the following additional materials ahead of its Nov. 16-17 meeting in Portland, ME: Northeast Ocean Plan – Approaches to Content for Chapter 4 and 5 Northeast Ocean Plan – Draft of Section 4.1.1 Best Practices for Agency Coordination Northeast Ocean Plan Outline – Chapter 3 Addendum Northeast Ocean [...]

Northeast RPB Releases Materials for Nov. 2015 Meeting, Oct. 2015 Stakeholder Forum Summary

The Northeast Regional Planning Body today announced the availability of materials for its upcoming Nov. 16-17 meeting in Portland, ME. The RPB also announced the availability of a summary of the Oct. 2015 Stakeholder Forum held in Durham, NH. The RPB meeting is expected to include review of revised draft products and discussion of the RPB’s future [...]