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Ocean Planning in the Northeast

Website for the Northeast Regional Planning Body Easy Access to Ocean Data

Easy Access to Ocean Data

The Northeast Ocean Data Portal is a decision support and information system for people engaged in ocean planning in the region from the Gulf of Maine to Long Island Sound. This website provides access to data, interactive maps, tools, and other information needed for decision making. The primary audiences for this effort include regional managers, ocean stakeholders, and technical staff. The Northeast Ocean Data Portal builds on existing efforts in the region and provides additional capacity for both state- and regional-level ocean planning.

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    Northeast Ocean Data News

    New Map Shows Priority Restoration and Conservation Projects in New England–March 27, 2016

    Updated Maps of Physical and Biological Habitat Data–March 17, 2016

    Northeast Ocean Data Maps Now Link Directly to Related Studies in Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Database–March 17, 2016

    Redesigned Home Page Reflects New Data Themes in Support of the Upcoming Draft Northeast Ocean Plan–March 17, 2016

    Updated Maps of Fishing Vessel Activity and New Maps of Fishery Management Areas–March 17, 2016

    New Recreation Data Show Whale Watching, SCUBA, Sailing, Surfing, and More–December 8, 2015

    Commercial Vessel Traffic Map Updated with 2013 Data–November 6, 2015

    Updates to Interactive Maps, Home Page, and Upcoming Products Page–May 7, 2015

    Centralized Source of Eelgrass Maps and Data for the Northeast–March 26, 2015

    Energy Map Updated Following Lease Sale of Portions of the Massachusetts Wind Planning Area–March 11, 2015

    Bathymetric Dataset Released for Vicinity of New York and New Jersey–February 27, 2015

    Updates and Additions to the Bathymetry Data Pages–January 15, 2015

    New Regional Map of Coastal Historic Sites–December 16, 2014

    New Centralized Source of Bathymetry Data–October 16, 2014

    Redesigned Home Page Accommodates Growing Collection of Maps and Data–October 27, 2014

    New Map of Lakes, Estuaries, Rivers, and Coastlines for Which Pollution Budgets (TMDLs) Have Been Set–September 26, 2014

    Maps Show Predicted Habitats of Deep-Sea Corals in the Northeast–September 24, 2014

    EPA Beach Advisory and Closing Online Notification (BEACON) System Map–September 15, 2014

    National Park Service Boundaries Now Available on Northeast Ocean Data–August 27, 2014

    Public Webinar on Marine Life Characterization Project–August 8, 2014

    Updated Map of Eelgrass Coverage in New England–August 4, 2014

    What Maps and Products Are We Currently Working On?–July 31, 2014

    Coastal Tribal Lands Map Added to Northeast Ocean Data–July 14, 2014

    New Interactive Maps of Water Quality in the Northeast–Jun. 23, 2014

    Video: Guided Tour of Northeast Ocean Data Website and Maps–Jun. 12, 2014

    New and Updated Data on Shipping Activity, Birds, Marine Mammals, and Shellfish–Mar. 12, 2014

    Northeast Ocean Data Releases Maps of Commercial Fishing Activity–Jan. 27, 2014

    Updated Maps of Ocean Energy Resources, Projects, and Infrastructure–Jan. 24, 2014

    Upgrades to Northeast Ocean Data’s Interactive Maps–Dec. 5, 2013

    Reader-friendly Descriptions Added to Datasets–Oct. 31, 2013

    New Data on Shipping Activity, Boating, Energy Infrastructure, and Navigation–Sep. 23, 2013

    Upgrades to Interactive Maps Are in the Works–Aug. 15, 2013

    More People Are Using Northeast Ocean Data–Aug. 9, 2013

    Updated Northeast Ocean Data Website Provides Enhanced Support for Regional Ocean Planning–Apr. 25, 2013

    Northeast Regional Ocean Council Launches New Website–Dec. 22, 2012

    Redesign of Northeast Ocean Data Website–Nov. 14, 2012

    Updates to Databases on Northeast Ocean Data–Oct. 31, 2012

    Article in Working Waterfront Highlights Northeast Ocean Data–Aug. 15, 2012


    Northeast RPB News

    November 15 Northeast RPB Data Workshop Remote Access Webinar Available

    November 14, 2017— Webinar available for remote access to November 15 RPB Data Workshop.


    Ocean Planning Timeline

    • November 2012 Inaugural Northeast RPB Meeting: Develop common understanding about the RPB; provide context and lay foundation of regional ocean planning; engage stakeholders and the public, discuss initial focus.
      April 2013 Northeast RPB Meeting: Northeast RPB Meeting: Identify draft goals for regional ocean planning and mechanisms for receiving public input about those draft goals; provide opportunities for public input about topics under consideration.
      May/June 2013 Public Comment Meetings: Ten public meetings throughout New England to discuss draft regional ocean planning goals.
    • January Northeast RPB Meeting: approve goals and objectives; move forward on related tasks.
      May/June Public Engagement: Natural Resources Workshops and focused engagement to discuss progress toward goals of effective Decision-Making and Healthy Ocean and Coastal Ecosystems.
      June Northeast RPB Meeting: Review progress toward all goals.
      Fall Public meetings/workshops and Northeast RPB meeting: Feedback on progress toward each goal.
    • Spring Stakeholder Forum: Review progress on the use of marine life and ocean use data, regulatory coordination, and future scenario development.
      June Northeast RPB Meeting: Review approach to developing draft plan by considering agency use of ocean plan data products; discuss draft outline for regional ocean plan.
      Fall Northeast RPB meeting and public meetings: Review revised products for each goal; discuss future work of the RPB.
    • Winter EBM Working Group: Review progress on Draft Northeast Ocean Plan, marine life and habitat data product development, including IEAs Framework.
      Spring Northeast RPB Meeting (via webinar): Release Draft Plan for public review.
      Summer Collect public comment on the Draft Plan through public meetings and other opportunities.
      Fall September public webinar to review changes to the Draft Plan and October submittal of revised Plan to the National Ocean Council.
    • Winter Northeast RPB members and federal principals of the National Ocean Council sign Plan Adoption Memo.
      Spring See Events and Meetings
      April Informational webinar to prepare for stakeholder forum.
      May Stakeholder forum and RPB public meeting.

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