The Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) has scheduled five public hearings on the Draft Massachusetts Ocean Management Plan—September 14 in Boston, September 15 in New Bedford, September 16 in Barnstable, September 17 in Gloucester, and September 23 in Tisbury (Vineyard Haven). For details, see CZM’s Calendar page. Mandated by the Oceans Act of 2008, the draft ocean management plan was developed by EEA and CZM, with broad support from the Departments of Fish and Game and Environmental Protection. The draft plan was released in July for public review and comment. See the Draft Massachusetts Ocean Management Plan website for links to the two-volume draft plan and all maps and figures. To receive periodic ocean plan updates, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Oceans Act sets a deadline of December 31, 2009, for final promulgation of a plan that balances protection of marine resources with uses such as renewable energy development. Also pursuant to the Act, public comments on the draft plan must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, November 23. To provide online comments, see the Ocean Plan Public Input Portal comments page.