Northeast Regional Ocean Council • Formed in 2005 • New England states, federal agencies • Premise is: better information (including public engagement) results in smarter, more efficient decision‐making
Northeast Regional Ocean Council • Starting now: – Data, science focus – Extensive public engagement • Build on recent efforts in MA, RI
Northeast Regional Ocean Council• Northeast data portal: www.northeastoceandata.org
Northeast Regional Ocean Council Data • Address known gaps (boating, commercial fishing) • Good way to directly engage key constituencies • Additional human activities (shipping) and jurisdictions • Natural resources/ecosystem
Northeast Regional Ocean Council • Engagement: THIS IS VITAL • Energy • Wind • Tidal • Infrastructure • Other—export of natural gas? • Maritime commerce • Short sea? Post‐PC deepening? • Aquaculture • Natural resources
What are What’s the What are the issues? opportunities to outcome? improve decision‐ (What’s a making? Plan?) Some form of Data/science/ Assess data/maps, tools/engage‐ment + existing procedures = goals, implementation, etc. What’s the appetite of the people involved ?
Thank youFor more information: John Weberjweber@northeastoceancouncil.org 617.875.1377