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Posted on July 8, 2013 - 1:47pm, by RJust

By Robin Just, Conservation Law Foundation, rjust [at] clf.org

This summer New England took another big step toward regional ocean planning as the newly minted Northeast Regional Planning Body (RPB) held 10 public meetings to get feedback on set of goals they have drafted. See our previous blogs for a discussion of the draft goals and how the planning process in New England is developing.

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Posted on April 4, 2013 - 7:46pm, by RJust

By Robin Just, Conservation Law Foundation, rjust [at] clf.org

Shark! OK – not until the third paragraph, but I want you to stay with me.* The second meeting of our first-in-the-nation coastal and ocean Regional Planning Body is happening in a couple of weeks, and the goal is to set some goals for regional ocean planning. This may sound like a wonky, best-left-to-professionals sort of affair, but we beg to differ. Bear with me, and maybe I can convince you that this is worth paying attention to.

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Posted on March 12, 2013 - 10:14am, by RJust

By Robin Just, Conservation Law Foundation, rjust [at] clf.org

Since Governor Deval Patrick's signing of our historic Massachusetts Oceans Act in 2008 led to the promulgation of our Massachusetts Ocean Management Plan in 2009, it has been a busy time for ocean planning in the Bay State. And it promises to get even busier as Massachusetts begins a required review of the plan. The product of this review will be a document that “summarize the requirements, measures, and commitments as established by the Oceans Act, the ocean planning process, and the Massachusetts Ocean Management Plan and report on the progress made on these items to date.”

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Posted on November 13, 2012 - 2:18pm, by RJust

By Robin Just, Conservation Law Foundation, rjust [at] clf.org

Ocean planning is a practice proudly developed in New England – you need only look at the success of the Massachusetts Ocean Plan and the Rhode Island Special Area Management Plan (SAMP), as well as ways that ocean planning already works in the Northeast. The success of these new planning efforts lies in the dedication of New England’s diverse ocean users and the realization among state leaders that our region needs a better way to grow our economy and maintain our ocean’s health and our quality of life. The Northeast’s planning effort will effectively get underway on Nov, 19th, when the country’s first regional planning body convenes in Portland, Maine, for its inaugural meeting.

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