Regionally Coordinated Ocean Efforts

A History of Regional Coordination

Most coastal states have longstanding regional ocean coordination efforts, many established in the wake of the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy and the Pew Ocean Commission’s reports calling for such regional approaches to better address ocean and coastal issues. These coordinated efforts were initiated by states and supported by the Bush Administration.  Taking many forms, these coastal states began working together on shared regional ocean and coastal priorities.

With the establishment of the National Ocean Policy in 2010, the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Caribbean and Pacific Islands regions (with the West Coast not far behind) have decided to build on their long-standing state-based efforts by standing up new and separate Regional Planning Bodies (RPBs) that closely tie state, federal and tribal efforts and will result in coordinated planning efforts.

The important takeaway is that all regions are creating the paths they find best suited for their regional needs.  Here we highlight those regions with coordinated ocean efforts underway. Each region has opportunities to engage and participate on managing and protecting ocean, coastal and Great Lakes Resources. Click on your region to find out what activities are going on in your local ocean and coast!

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Northeast Region

The Northeast Region is comprised of Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island.
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Mid-Atlantic Region

The Mid-Atlantic Region is comprised of New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware and Virginia.
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Southeast Region

The Southeast Region is comprised of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida.
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Caribbean Region

The Caribbean Islands Region includes Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin ISlands
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Gulf of Mexicio

The Gulf of Mexico Region is comprised of Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas
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West Coast Region

The West Coast Region is comprised of Washington, Oregon and California.
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Pacific Islands

The Pacific Island Region includes American Samoa, Norther Mariana Islands, Guam and Hawaii.
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Alaska

The newest region is Alaska.
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Great Lakes

The Great Lakes Region is comprised of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York.
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Northeast Region

Northeast Region

The Northeast region has long been the nation’s leader in regional ocean planning. In 2005, the Northeast Regional Ocean Council was formed by the Governors of the New England states — Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut — to serve as a forum for the development of goals and priorities and address regional coastal and ocean management challenges with creative solutions.  In 2008 and 2011, Massachusetts and Rhode Island, respectively, became the first states to develop comprehensive ocean use management plans.

The nation’s first Regional Planning Body (RPB) was established in late 2012. RPBs are specific collaborative bodies envisioned by the National Ocean Policy to bring state and federal, tribal, and local governments together with ocean users and scientists to plan, in a comprehensive manner, for the changing conditions and uses of our oceans.

The Northeast Regional Planning Body (NE RPB) held its inaugural meeting in November of 2012 and is now three years into its regional ocean planning process. Most recently, the RPB held a meeting in November 2014 where they voted on how to move ahead with their regional ocean plan, inter-jurisdictional coordination among these agencies, states, and governments as well as the attending work on wildlife characterizations, important ecological areas, and ecosystem based management. There is a wealth of resources to be found at the Northeast RPB’s website.

Also follow the Northeast RPB on twitter @NEOceanPlanning

    Documents & Links

    Regional Ocean Partnership: Northeast Regional Ocean Council – Website

    Additional Resources:
    New England Ocean Action Network – Website
    Rhode Island SAMP – Website
    Massachusetts Ocean Plan – Website

    Reports and Documents:

    88 kB NROC Terms of Reference (2012)

    Description: Provide a voluntary forum for New England states and federal partners to coordinate and collaborate on regional approaches to support balanced uses and conservation of the Northeast region’s ocean and coastal resources.
    751 kB Northeast RPB Regional Framework

    Description: This document provides the overall framework for ocean planning in the Northeast United States. Its intent is to provide details on the overall approach and work of the Northeast Regional Planning Body (NE RPB), the formal entity charged with developing the regional ocean plan for the Northeast pursuant to the National Ocean Policy as described below.
    4 MB Northeast RPB Meeting Summary (Nov 2014)

    Description: The fifth meeting of the Northeast Regional Planning Body (NE RPB) took place on November 13-14, 2014 at the Wentworth by the Sea in New Castle, New Hampshire. The NE RPB meeting was attended by state, federal, Northeast Fishery Management Council, and tribal NE RPB appointed members or their alternates. Approximately 72 members of the public attended as observers and 13 total public comments were provided during three public comment sessions held over the course of the meeting. A list of NE RPB members and alternates and public participants is included in Appendix A. Objectives of the meeting were to: • Discuss updates on NE RPB activities since the last in-person meeting in June 2014. • Review options and make decisions about next steps related to Healthy Ocean and Coastal Ecosystems and Effective Decision Making goals. • Provide opportunities for public input about the topics being considered by the NE RPB and informal discussion of ideas with NE RPB members.
    3 MB Northeast RPB Meeting Materials (Nov 2014)

    Description: Meet Materials: Meeting Agenda, Participants, Planning Materials
    3 MB Northeast RPB Meeting Appendices (Nov 2014)

    Description: This includes the: RPB Membership Roster, Planning Timeline, Draft Summary Decision Points, Preliminary NE Ocean Plan Outline, and Presentations from the Meeting
    791 kB Northeast RPB Framework for Marine Planning

    Description: This document provides the overall framework for ocean planning in the Northeast United States. Its intent is to provide details on the overall approach and work of the Northeast Regional Planning Body (NE RPB), the formal entity charged with developing the regional ocean plan for the Northeast pursuant to the National Ocean Policy as described below.
    339 kB Northeast Regional Planning Body Charter - May 2013

    Description: Northeast Regional Planning Body Charter Final Charter May 2013 - By committing to this process, RPB members agree to participate in regional ocean planning as a framework for improved coordination and decision making. This cooperative regional approach will build partnerships that encourage sharing of information and best practices, help foster mutually agreed upon goals and objectives, and make more effective use of scarce resources by focusing those resources on the highest regional priorities.
    262 kB Northeast Regional Ocean Planning (Phased): 2012 - 2015

    Description: Northeast Regional Ocean Planning (Phased): 2012 - 2015
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    Mid-Atlantic Region

    Mid-Atlantic Region

    In 2009, the Governors of New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia signed the Mid-Atlantic Governors’ Agreement on Ocean Conservation, which created the Mid-Atlantic Region Council on the Ocean (MARCO). MARCO’s charge is to work in a comprehensive, regional approach to better maintain and improve the health of the Mid-Atlantic ocean and coastal resources and ensure that they continue to contribute to the high quality of life and economic vitality of the region’s communities well into the future. MARCO has developed its work plan, and an interactive Mid-Atlantic Data Portal to provide the region resources for ocean planning.

    Mid-Atlantic Regional Planning Body (MidA RPB), the second RPB established under the National Ocean Policy, was established in April 2013, so marine planning for the Mid-Atlantic is just entering its second year of planning toward a Regional Ocean Action Plan (ROAP). The RPB recently met in NYC to approve its approach to creating its ROAP and begin discussing the work plan for completing the first iteration of a Plan by the end of 2016. The RPB discussed stakeholder engagement, its new plans for the regional ocean assessment team, as well as how to coordinate with the Northeast region to leverage resources.

    you can also follow the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean @OurOceanMARCO

      Documents & Links

      Additional Resources:
      Maryland Ocean Planning  – Website

      NJ Coastal Management – Website

      NY Offshore Planning – Website

      NY Department of Environmental Conservation (recently released NY Ocean Action Plan (January 2015)

      VA Ocean Planning – Website

      Reports and Documents:

      259 kB MidAtlantic RPB Charter

      Description: Charter for the Mid-Atlantic Regional Planning Body, Final Charter Approved September 2014 Introduction: Recognizing that the ocean, our coasts, and the Great Lakes are among our most treasured resources and integral to our national identity and our future, Presidential Executive Order 13547, signed in July 2010 established our Nation’s first National Policy for Stewardship of the Ocean, our Coasts, and the Great Lakes.
      458 kB Mid-Atlantic Stakeholder Engagement Plan

      Description: This interim plan is intended as a guidance document for the Mid-Atlantic Regional Planning Body (MidA RPB). The MidA RPB members welcome input from members of the public on the questions posed and issues raised in this document. Input will be used to inform development, in early 2015, of the initial draft of a longer-term stakeholder engagement plan.
      276 kB Mid-Atlantic RPB Membership Roster (2013)

      Description: Mid-Atlantic Regional Planning Body Roster of Members and Alternates August 2013
      352 kB Mid-Atlantic RPB Framework

      Description: This document is the MidA RPB’s Regional Ocean Planning Framework (Framework). The Framework informs the MidA RPB’s regional ocean planning process by articulating a vision, principles, goals, objectives, example actions, and geographic focus. The Framework will guide development of a RPB workplan and RPB products moving forward.
      16 MB Mid-Atlantic Regional Ocean Planning Workshop Summary - April 2013

      Description: Mid-Atlantic Regional Ocean Planning Workshop: Summary of Workshop Discussions Westin Arlington Gateway Arlington, VA April 4-5, 2013 Objectives of the workshop were to: • Develop a common understanding about regional ocean planning and how it can help the Mid-Atlantic region establish and achieve shared goals for the use and conservation of its ocean resources. • Involve stakeholders in developing recommendations for the Mid-Atlantic Regional Planning Body, including strategies and mechanisms for robust stakeholder engagement throughout the planning process. • Foster dialogue and commitment among stakeholders and governmental entities in the Mid-Atlantic to advance collaboration on ocean planning.
      512 kB Mid-Atlantic Regional Ocean Assessment Status Report

      Description: The Mid-Atlantic Regional Ocean Assessment (ROA) will support development of the Mid- Atlantic Regional Planning Body’s (MidA RPB’s) Regional Ocean Action Plan (OAP). Building upon the goals and objectives in the Mid-Atlantic Regional Ocean Planning Framework,1 the ROA will: provide information about the baseline conditions, resources and uses of the Mid-Atlantic ocean; contain the best available data that currently exists or is in development; and identify trends, data gaps and future uses (to the extent possible).
      544 kB Mid-Atlantic Regional Ocean Assessment Plan Options

      Description: In May 2014, a MidA RPB internal workgroup was established to consider options for the type of OAP that would be practical for the region, enhance current management of this vast ocean area, and satisfy the diverse interests of Mid-Atlantic ocean stakeholders.
      16 MB MARCO Regional Ocean Planning Workshop: Summary (April 2013)

      Description: The Mid-Atlantic Regional Ocean Planning Workshop was convened on April 4-5, 2013 in Arlington, Virginia by the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean (MARCO) in collaboration with the federal agencies engaged with ocean planning in the region. It was an initial step in the launch of regional ocean planning in the Mid-Atlantic and was designed to engage stakeholders in early thinking about the design of the planning process.
      169 kB MARCO Recent Accomplishments (March 2013)

      Description: Formed in 2009 by the Governors of New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia, the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean (MARCO) remains focused on collaborating with state and federal agencies, key partners, and stakeholder groups to address shared regional priorities. Recent accomplishments include ...
      286 kB MARCO Factsheet

      Description: The Mid-Atlantic Region embraces innovative approaches to responsible and sustainable resource management. Faced with a new generation of ocean management challenges and opportunities, the five coastal Mid-Atlantic states have adopted a strategic, collaborative, and efficient regional approach to advance a shared vision for the long-term health and productivity of our region’s ocean resources.
      508 kB MARCO Agreement (June 2009)

      Description: The Mid-Atlantic States have been leaders in embracing new approaches to management in the past. To successfully address a new generation of challenges, and to ensure that future generations can enjoy healthy and productive ocean ecosystems, we are committed to a new comprehensive, regional approach. Stronger partnerships among our States can overcome jurisdictional barriers and provide a mechanism for coordinating actions to achieve region-wide results.
      861 kB MARCO 2011-2012 Workplan (June 2011)

      Description: On June 4, 2009, the Governors of New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia agreed to address regional ocean management challenges by signing the Mid-Atlantic Governors’ Agreement on Ocean Conservation. They committed to regional collaboration to advance goals to protect our ocean and coast.
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      Southeast Region

      Southeast Region (South Atlantic)

      The Governors’ South Atlantic Alliance (GSAA) was created in 2009 by the Governors of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida to create a regionally coordinated effort to sustain the environmental, natural resource, economic, public safety, social and national defense missions of the respective states and South Atlantic region. The GSAA is lead by the four states and three federal agencies — the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. Geological Survey.

      The GSAA recently (February 2, 2015) put out a call for volunteers to support the GSAA in scoping its two issues statements, one of which ties into marine planning. The GSAA also has launched its Coast and Ocean Portal to provide regional coastal  and ocean tools to support the GSAA and its efforts.

        Documents & Links

        Additional Resources:

        GSAA Reports and Meeting Summaries

        Virginia Department of Environmental Quality

        Reports and Documents:

        971 kB Southeast Action Alliance Plan with Forward - 2010

        Description: Governors' South Atlantic Alliance 2010 Action Plan presents a clear and practical path forward for working across jurisdictional and regional boundaries, engaging public and private partners and achieving shared goals for collective benefit.
        159 kB GSAA Partnership Agreement (May 2009)

        Description: The mission of the South Atlantic Alliance is to significantly increase regional collaboration among South Atlantic states, with federal agency partners and other stakeholders, to sustain and enhance the environmental (coastal/marine), natural resource, economic, public safety, social, and national defense missions of the respective states and the South Atlantic region.
        971 kB GSAA Action Plan (2011)

        Description: The Governors' South Atlantic Alliance Action Plan is a regional response to address the key environmental, economic, and cultural issues facing the Southeastern U.S. coastal and ocean region.
        441 kB Governors' South Atlantic Alliance Implementation Plan (July 2011)

        Description: The Governors’ South Atlantic Implementation Plan is a regional response to address key environmental, economic, national defense, and cultural issue areas facing the Southeastern U.S. coasts and ocean. The Governors identified and promoted four priority issue areas that are of mutual importance to the sustainability of the Southeast U.S. region’s resources: healthy ecosystems, working waterfronts, clean coastal and ocean waters, and disaster-resilient communities.
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        Gulf of Mexico

        Gulf of Mexico

        The Gulf of Mexico Alliance (GOMA) is a partnership created in 2004 by the states of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. The Alliance works to significantly increase regional collaboration to enhance the ecological and economic health of the Gulf of Mexico. The Alliance has identified six regionally significant priority issues that can be effectively addressed through increased collaboration at the local, state, and federal levels. Thirteen federal agency partners, with leadership from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and Department of Interior, work to support the Alliance’s work.

        The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council is comprised of governors from the five Gulf States, the Secretaries from the U.S. Departments of the Interior, Commerce, Agriculture, and Homeland Security as well as the Secretary of the Army and the Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The Council implements a coordinated region-wide restoration effort to restore, protect, and revitalize the Gulf Coast region following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon blowout and resulting oil spill.

        Follow GOMA on Twitter @GoMAlliance

          Documents & Links

          Additional Resources:
          GOMA

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          1 MB The Path Forward to Restoring the Gulf Coast - Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council (January 2013)

          Description: On behalf of the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council (Council), I am pleased to present The Path Forward to Restoring the Gulf Coast: A Proposed Comprehensive Plan. This document reflects the deliberations of the Council to date in developing a more detailed initial Comprehensive Plan. Our collective focus is on how to ensure the long-term health, prosperity, and resilience of the Gulf Coast.
          759 kB ROP-and-RPB-presentation

          Description: Gulf of Mexico Alliance Regional Ocean Partnership Presentation: What other regions are doing and what we can learn from each other, especially related to marine planning Shown at All Hands Meeting June 26, 2013 Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay
          3 MB Gulf of Mexico Alliance - Governors Action Plan II cira 2009 - 2014

          Description: Capitalizing on the momentum of the first Action Plan, this second Action Plan covering five years is more ambitious and addresses some of the most pressing issues affecting our region. It will expand participation and demonstrate the value of a working collaborative in regional ecosystem management. This Action Plan is intended to be a dynamic guide for the Alliance as we collectively address priority regional issues facing the Gulf.
          1 MB Gulf of Mexico Alliance - Governors Action Plan I cira 2006 - 2009

          Description: Gulf of Mexico Alliance - Governors Action Plan I for healthy and resilient coasts. Tie Governors’Action Plan is intended to be dynamic starting point for effective regional collaboration. Asw Move Forward,we encourage and expect additional collaboration and contributions from other interested partners or organizations. Through our initial teamwork, the Governors’Action Plan will begin to set the stage for a long-term regional partnership that can address an expanded suite of issues, culminating in an improved Gulf of Mexico ecosystem and sustained economy.
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          Great Lakes Region

          Great Lakes Region

          The Great Lakes Regional Collaboration (GLRC) was created in 2004 as a wide-ranging, cooperative effort to design and implement a strategy for the restoration, protection and sustainable use of the Great Lakes. Initially, President Bush, in May 2004, established a Great Lakes Interagency Task Force and charged them with collaborating on ways to restore the Great Lakes. Eventually, the Task Force, Council of Great Lakes Governors, Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative, Great Lakes tribes (represented by the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission) and the Great Lakes Congressional Task Force moved to create the GLRC.

          In 2005, the GLRC released its Strategy to Restore and Protect the Great Lakes. From the Strategy came the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI), which actively works to operationalize the GLRC Strategy. The GLRI’s 2010-2014 action plan identifies goals, objectives, measurable ecological targets, and specific actions for five focus areas and serves as guidance for collaborative restoration efforts within the Great Lakes states.

            Documents & Links

            2013 Activities: Refining the GLRI Action Plan for FY 2013-19

            Additional Resources:
            Wisconsin Coastal Community Planning (website)
            GLRC Strategy (website)

            Reports and Documents:

            1 MB Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Action Plan FY2010 – FY2014

            Description: Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Action Plan FY2010 – FY2014 If we care for the Great Lakes, they will continue to care for us – economically, ecologically and socially. Study after study, however, shows a Great Lakes in peril.
            3 MB Great Lakes Restoration Adaptive Science Based Framework 2013

            Description: Great Lakes Restoration Adaptive Science Based Framework Prepared By: Science Subgroup of the Great Lakes Regional Working Group May 21, 2013 Draft
            43 kB Great Lakes Regional Collaboration Framework

            Description: The purpose of this Framework is to establish the Great Lakes Regional Collaboration to enhance the U.S. efforts to restore and protect the Great Lakes ecosystem.
            15 kB Great Lakes Declaration (2004)

            Description: Protecting and Restoring the Great Lakes through a Regional Collaboration of National Significance We, the Conveners of the Great Lakes Regional Collaboration, established on December 3, 2004, in Chicago, Illinois, in acknowledgement of Executive Order 13340 signed by President George W. Bush on May 18, 2004 ...
            75 kB GLRI Implementation Framework (March 2006)

            Description: The Framework for the Great Lakes Regional Collaboration provides broad latitude in both the structure and process for implementation. This GLRC Strategy Implementation Framework provides further specificity on how the GLRC will fulfill these general requirements but it does not alter the Framework for the Great Lakes Regional Collaboration, whose provisions remain fully in effect.
            1 MB GLRI Action Plan FY 2010-2014 (February 2010)

            Description: The Initiative is not intended to be another grand statement about the Great Lakes; it is intended to operationalize those statements. It builds on countless hours by elected, agency, business, public interest and other leaders, which resulted in the Great Lakes Regional Collaboration Strategy (GLRC Strategy). The GLRC Strategy provides a framework for the Action Plan, and the Action Plan is just that: an action driver.
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            West Coast Region

            West Coast Region

            The West Coast Governors Agreement on Ocean Health (WCGA) (now Alliance) is a regional partnership established in 2006 between the then governors of the three U.S. West Coast states – Washington, Oregon and California. The WCGA’s federal partners are the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the Department of Interior. The WCGA addresses critical ocean and coastal protection management issues facing all three states. Since 2006, the WCGA has developed seven key priorities, an action plan to implement these priorities, coordination teams to implement the action plan, and a restructuring of the Alliance to focus more specifically on three priorities of marine debris, a West Coast Regional Data Framework, and sea level rise.

            The Regional Data Framework is a project of the WCGA meant to increase discovery and connectivity of ocean and coastal data and people to better inform resources management, policy development and planning. It is currently in development and seeking to connect users and receive input.

            In late 2014, a group of tribal nations, federal agencies and the three west coast states began discussions on standing up a West Coast RPB. In January of 2015, these three sets of governance entities met in person to discuss remaining issues and have agreed to move forward with an RPB (not yet formal) and work out how this large region moves forward with marine planning. You can find out more at the West Coast Marine Planning website.

              Documents & Links

              Additional Resources:
              Washington State Marine Spatial Planning
              Oregon Territorial Sea Plan

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              911 kB West Coast Regional Data Framework Factsheet (2013)

              Description: The West Coast Regional Data Framework (RDF) is a project of the West Coast Governors Alliance on Ocean Health (WCGA) to increase discovery and connectivity of ocean and coastal data and people to better inform resource management, policy development, and planning. The RDF will inform priority West Coast ocean issues such as adaptation to sea-level rise, understanding impacts of ocean acidification, and tracking sources and patterns of marine debris.
              2 MB West Coast Governors' Alliance on Ocean Health Action Plan (May 2008)

              Description: This plan sets out an ambitious vision for the health of our West Coast coastal and ocean resources, including clean coastal waters and economically and environmentally sustainable coastal communities. The plan contains specifi c actions that will help us achieve this vision. However, we recognize that we can’t achieve this vision alone – we will need the assistance of the U.S. Congress, federal government, local governments, tribes, nongovernmental organizations, universities, and every citizen.
              215 kB West Coast Governors Agreement on Ocean Health (September 2006)

              Description: Washington, Oregon, and California share a rich and diverse bounty of ocean and coastal resources that provide enormous economic, environmental, and social benefits to our states. Yet our citizens’ continued use and enjoyment of coastal and ocean resources are at risk. Polluted waters, declining populations of fish and other marine life, degraded nearshore habitats, risks of severe storms and tsunamis, and impacts related to climate change are but a few examples of serious threats to the continued vitality of our ocean-dependent states. Recently, two national ocean commissions concluded that our oceans are in trouble and called for immediate, meaningful action at all levels of government to restore and maintain their health.
              511 kB WCGA Restructure (August 2012)

              Description: Reflecting on [WCGA] successes and acknowledging the realities of funding and capacity for the future, WCGA Executive Committee took steps to realign the WCGA’s framework of Action Coordination Teams (ACT) to reflect financial and management constraints while continuing to advance key state and regional priorities. Based on feedback from the ACTs and current ocean health priorities within the region, the Executive Committee narrowed its focus for the next two years to three priority areas; marine debris, adaptation to climate change, and building a regional data framework.
              112 kB WCGA Ocean Acidification Memo - 2013

              Description: Efforts by the three West Coast States Washington: In recognition of the impacts of ocean acidification, Washington recently convened a Blue Ribbon Panel to document the current state of knowledge and identify ways to reduce impact of acidification on Washington’s natural resources, especially farmed shellfish. In November 2012, the Blue Ribbon Panel released a summary
              248 kB WCGA Charter (October 2011)

              Description: The West Coast Governors' Agreement on Ocean Health (WCGA) is a partnership, established in 2006, by the states of California, Oregon, and Washington. Three federal agencies, Department of Commerce, Department of Interior, and US Environmental Protection Agency, support the states by providing technical guidance.
              2 MB WCGA Action Plan - 2008

              Description: This plan sets out an ambitious vision for the health of our West Coast coastal and ocean resources, including clean coastal waters and economically and environmentally sustainable coastal communities. The plan contains specifi c actions that will help us achieve this vision.
              511 kB WCG Alliance Restructure - 2012

              Description: Reflecting on these successes and acknowledging the realities of funding and capacity for the future, WCGA Executive Committee took steps to realign the WCGA’s framework of Action Coordination Teams (ACT) to reflect financial and management constraints while continuing to advance key state and regional priorities.
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              Pacific Islands

              Pacific Islands Region

              The Pacific Islands Regional Ocean Partnership (PROP) was established by the jurisdictions of American Samoa, Guam, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and State of Hawaii in 2012 to identify coastal and ocean management priorities that require a coordinated regional response and increased collaboration to effectively address these issues. The PROP plans to create an action plan that will expand on the PROP’s several objectives, including those that promote regional sustainability of resources, facilitate preservation of the historical, cultural, and social heritage of each state and the region, and identify opportunities for collaborative work in the ocean and coastal environment.

              The Pacific Islands Regional Planning Body (Pacific Islands RPB) was established in April of 2013. The Pacific Islands RPB has moved swiftly in developing its Charter, a first-ever stakeholder engagement plan, and is now working on its Framework and implementation plan to ensure the RPB meets its goal of creating a marine plan.

                Documents & Links

                Additional Resources:

                RPB Resources:

                Pacific Islands RPB Facebook Page

                Reports and Documents:

                259 kB Pacific Regional Ocean Partnership Establishing Document 8-2012

                Description: The Pacific Regional Ocean Partnership (PROP) is a voluntary partnership amongst the Governors of the U.S. Pacific Islands Region. 1 MISSION: To assist the U.S. Pacific Islands Region Governors of American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas (CNMI), Guam, and Hawai’i (hereinafter, “Pacific Islands Region” or “states”) identify coastal and ocean management priorities that require a coordinated regional response and increased collaboration to effectively address these issues.
                56 kB Pacific Islands Regional Planning Body Members

                Description: A listing of the the planning body members for the Pacific Islands Regional Planning Body.
                259 kB Pacific Islands Regional Ocean Partnership Agreement (August 2012)

                Description: Governors’ Pacific Regional Ocean Partnership Establishment The Pacific Regional Ocean Partnership (PROP) is a voluntary partnership amongst the Governors of the U.S. Pacific Islands Region. MISSION: To assist the U.S. Pacific Islands Region Governors of American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas (CNMI), Guam, and Hawai’i (hereinafter, “Pacific Islands Region” or “states”) identify coastal and ocean management priorities that require a coordinated regional response and increased collaboration to effectively address these issues.
                72 kB Pacific Islands Inaugural Meeting - Agenda July 2013 - Part 2

                Description: Pacific Islands Inaugural Meeting - Agenda July 2013 - Part 2
                45 kB Pacific Islands Inaugural Meeting - Agenda July 2013 - Part 1

                Description: Pacific Islands Inaugural Meeting - Agenda July 2013 - Part 1
                352 kB Pacific Island RPB Draft Framework

                Description: This document presents the framework for the Pacific Islands Regional Planning Body (PI RPB) and implementation plan for ensuring that coastal and ocean planning is better coordinated and more transparent than it has been in the past. The PI RPB’s overarching goal is to develop a coastal and marine spatial (CMS) plan for its region. The framework articulates the overall structure of the PI RPB and its work. It includes the vision of the PI RPB, mission, timeframe, objectives, key characteristics of the PI RPB, and how stakeholders will be engaged. The implementation plan describes the activities that will be undertaken to achieve the goal of the PI RPB. Whereas the framework provides the CMS Plan’s objectives, the implementation plan elucidates those objectives and their associated outcomes, as well as actions and tasks that must be accomplished to meet them. A timeframe is included for each action.
                6 MB Hawaii Ocean Resources Management Plan (July 2013)

                Description: The Ocean Resources Management Plan (ORMP) is a comprehensive plan mandated by Hawaii Revised Statutes (HRS) Chapters 205A and 225M. The ORMP is prepared to address activities by agencies and entities in the State of Hawai‘i. As a state plan, the first audience is state agencies with responsibilities for the land, coast, and ocean. But since jurisdiction for these activities also includes federal and local entities, they are considered partners in state activities.
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                Caribbean Islands

                Caribbean Region

                The Caribbean Regional Ocean Partnership (CROP) was created in May 2012 through a Memorandum of Understanding signed by the Governors of Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands. The CROP aims to establish mechanisms that will improve regional collaboration on ocean management in order to reduce user conflicts, improve cohesive regional planning, and support health communities and ecosystems for present and future generations.

                In addition, the Caribbean region is moving forward with the creation of a regional planning body. The RPB held its first meeting in November 2013, but it is unclear how far the RPB’s work has progressed from that initial meeting.

                 


                Alaska

                Alaska

                Coordination in Alaska centers on the Arctic. “The United States is an Arctic Nation, one of only eight such nations worldwide that are responsible for the stewardship of a region undergoing dramatic environmental, social, and economic changes” as stated in Managing for the Future in a Rapidly Changing Arctic, a Report to the President; written by the U.S. Department of Interior, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, in consultation with the Arctic Research Commission and National Ocean Council.

                  Documents & Links

                  Reports and Documents:

                  1 MB NOAAA's Arctic Vision and Strategy - 2011

                  Description: NOAA's Arctic Vision and Strategy - Circa 2011
                  479 kB National Strategy for the Arctic Region

                  Description: As we consider how to make the most of the emerging economic opportunities in the region, we recognize that we must exercise responsible stewardship, using an integrated management approach and making decisions based on the best available information, with the aim of promoting healthy, sustainable, and resilient ecosystems over the long term.
                  14 MB Managing for the Future in a Rapidly Changing Arctic (2013)

                  Description: The United States is an Arctic nation, one of only eight such nations worldwide that are responsible for the stewardship of a region undergoing dramatic environmental, social, and economic changes. The implications of these changes demand a fresh look at how the Federal Government and its partners address management challenges in the region. In consultation with the National Ocean Council, the National Security Staff, and the Arctic Research Commission, the Interagency Working Group on Coordination of Domestic Energy Development and Permitting in Alaska (Alaska Interagency Working Group) initiated this report to describe these challenges as they relate to the management of natural resources in the U.S. Arctic. The report presents recommendations for advancing a common management approach that provides coordinated, forward-thinking solutions.
                  4 MB AK FWS Strategic Plan 2012-16

                  Description: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Alaska Coastal Program: 2012-2016 Strategic Plan. Alaska’s fish and wildlife populations and coastal areas appear virtually pristine to the casual observer. However, they face many of the same issues and threats challenging the rest of the U.S. Alaska’s coastal resources are vulnerable to both natural and human impacts.
                  1 MB ACCAP NOP presentation

                  Description: Pressentaion - National Ocean Policy in Action: Developing a plan to address changing conditions in the Arctic
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