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Bruce Carlisle Massachusetts Ocean Management: Capacity to develop and implement plan


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Bruce Carlisle Massachusetts Ocean Management: Capacity to develop and implement plan

  1. 1. Massachusetts Ocean Management:  Capacity to develop  and implement plan Bruce K. Carlisle Office of Coastal Zone ManagementExecutive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
  2. 2. Outline• Background on Plan  development and  implementation• Brief overview of Plan• Capacity to implement: – Needs – Resources – Partnerships• Take away points
  3. 3. Ocean Act of 2008• Ocean Management Task Force 2003‐2004: set of  findings and recommendations• Act directs Secretary of EEA to develop integrated  ocean management plan by December 31, 2009• 15 directives, including:  – Develop siting priorities, locations, and standards for  allowed uses, facilities, activities – Identify and protect special, sensitive, and unique  estuarine and marine life and habitats – Foster sustainable uses – Support infrastructure necessary for economy and  quality of life• All state approvals must be consistent with Plan
  4. 4. Jurisdictional  boundaries Ocean planning area
  5. 5. Uses, activities and facilities  subject to managementRenewable energy ‐ Wind energy  ‐ Tidal energy ‐ Wave energyExtraction of sand and gravel for beach  nourishment and shore protectionTelecommunication and electric cablesPipelines for natural gasFish and shellfish aquaculture
  6. 6. From Ocean Act to Ocean Plan (May 2008 *) (December 2009) Ocean  Ocean Act Plan  Data  Siting and  PlanGoals and  acquisition & compatibility  developmentstrategies development assessmentPlan objectives Develop plan  Natural  Functional compatibility Decision‐making  analysis based on  resourcesguidance synthesis of  Human uses Qualitative cumulative  spatial and Blueprint for  impacts/effects Use siting  management adaptive  preferences Other policy calls elements framework
  7. 7. Stakeholder process and participation• Developing DRAFT plan: – Technical workgroups: data, science, technology  – Public meetings throughout coast as well as inland  communities – Ocean Advisory Commission and Science Advisory  Council meetings – More than 100 individual stakeholder meetings – Five public workshops• Vetting DRAFT plan: – Public comments: >300 letters, input – 5 formal hearings – 25 informational meetings
  8. 8. Ocean Plan• Draft Plan issued June  2009• Final Plan promulgated  December 2009• Volume I – Management – Administration• Volume II – Baseline Assessment – Science Framework
  9. 9. Ocean Plan• Prohibited area: – Uses, activities and  facilities prohibited• Renewable energy  areas: – 2 areas: Gosnold,  Vineyard – Commercial‐scale wind• Multi‐use area: – Siting and performance  standards apply
  10. 10. Capacity needs• Internal: – Leadership, senior policy  vetting and decision‐ making – Policy & planning  capabilities across subject  areas – Technical, science  expertise across   disciplines / fields – GIS / mapping – Administration, logistics
  11. 11. Capacity needs• External: – Engagement with public,  stakeholders, interests  through different forums – Data and information – Contextual /background:  examples, relevant models,  decision tools – Communication /  interaction support
  12. 12. Capacity resources• Internal: – Cabinet level ownership  and engagement  (Executive Office EEA) – Executive and Legislative  branch support – “All hands”: Policy,  planning, technical,  science, GIS and other  staff – ~ $2.5M: state operating  & capital, federal CZM  grant 
  13. 13. Capacity resources• External: – Massachusetts Ocean  Partnership   (~$4.5M from Moore  Foundation *) – Ocean Advisory  Commission – Ocean Science Advisory  Council – Federal agencies,  NGOs, Universities, etc.
  14. 14. Partnerships• State agency collaboration – Exceptionally strong  joint  work and coordination on key  issues: critical habitats,  fishing, seafloor/geology ,  energy – EEA / CZM lead, other  agencies critical – 56 staff involved• Technical workgroups &  stakeholders – Data and information:  foundation
  15. 15. Partnerships• Massachusetts Ocean  Partnership (SeaPlan) – Critical public/private  relationship and support – Stakeholder workshops,  events, discussions – Information support:  – Synopsis, analysis of other  ocean planning  models/tools – Decision support tools:  cumulative impacts, trade‐ offs, valuations, etc.
  16. 16. Partnerships• Ocean Advisory  Commission – Fishing, environmental, &  renewable energy reps – Legislators  – Reps from all 6 coastal  regions (RPAs) ‐ including  Mayor of Gloucester,  former Mayor of New  Bedford, Cape Cod and  Martha’s Vineyard  Commissions
  17. 17. Partnerships• Science Advisory Council – Academic institutions:  UMass Boston, Dartmouth – Private, non‐profits: CLF,  Batelle, NE Aquarium – Expertise: fisheries,  geology, marine mammals,  ecology, economics• Federal agencies – NOAA, BOEM (MMS),  USGS, Corps, EPA, FWS,  Coast Guard
  18. 18. Take away points• High profile: resources = scope / scale of effort – “All‐hands” – Core planning team – GIS: maps and more maps – Massachusetts Ocean Partnership• High level advisory bodies – Ground‐truthing – Politics• Ongoing, sustained attention – Promulgate Plan  … whew … but then work not done – Regulations, coastal program plan, project review – Addressing priority science and data gaps
  19. 19. Bruce Carlisle