The Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) has unveiled the draft comprehensive ocean management plan for public review and comment. The draft plan, which was mandated by the Oceans Act of 2008, was developed by EEA in the context of an extensive, and ongoing, public participation process. There will be a round of public comment after the release. The Act sets a deadline of December 31, 2009 for final promulgation of an ocean plan that balances protection of marine resources with uses such as renewable energy development. For links to the draft plan and all maps and figures, see the Draft Massachusetts Ocean Management Plan website.