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Smart Ocean Planning
Sharing the Seas
Ocean Planning in the Mid-Atlantic
The Mid-Atlantic recently finalized its first regional ocean plan with the goal of better, more efficient decisions driven by the best economic and ecological data available. Numerous stakeholders, including Mid-Atlantic states, tribes, federal agencies, industry, and the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, were engaged in jointly developing and are now implementing the state and regional priorities outlined in the Mid-Atlantic Ocean Action Plan to improve the future of the region’s economy.
Enhances Ocean Stakeholder Engagement by collecting and including stakeholder-driven information, providing a forum for input from all ocean users, and creating a clear pathway for interested stakeholders to participate in ocean management.
Provides an Innovative Data Platform called the Mid-Atlantic Ocean Data Portal, a web-based mapping tool available to the public, local communities, and decision-makers that helps inform smarter and more ef cient management decisions.
Facilitates Early Government Coordination by providing for the tools and the discussion forum federal and state agency decision makers need to make more informed management decisions.
Addresses Management Challenges of ocean acidification and marine debris reduction by establishing workgroups of federal and state agencies, local communities, and stakeholders to address these issues at a regional scale.