On May 23rd, from 4pm to 7pm, at the University of Southern Maine, Lee Room, Portland, ME representatives from the state and New England will host a public meeting to discuss draft regional ocean planning goals and associated potential actions. This is one in a series of public meetings being held throughout New England in May and June that will help shape regional efforts to better understand and more effectively manage our oceans. There will be two additional meetings held in the state of Maine: one on June 3rd, from 4pm to 7pm, at the Ellsworth Public Library, Riverview Room, in Ellsworth, ME. There will also be one on June 4th, from 5:30pm to 8:30pm, at the Rockland Public Library, Community Room, in Rockland, ME. All are welcome. For more on the goals and the meeting, see goo.gl/m2OmH.
How should our New England ocean waters be used, better understood and more effectively managed in the future? The Northeast Regional Ocean Planning Body, a group of state, tribal and federal representatives from New England are working to implement the National Ocean Policy to address these questions over the next few years. The Regional Planning Body’s work is just getting underway and they are seeking input on draft goals and actions through a series of 10 public meetings held around New England. These meetings will also be an opportunity to review draft maps and products from initial efforts to gather information on the diverse uses of the ocean, including fishing, transportation, energy and infrastructure, aquaculture, and recreation.