Contact: Sarah W. Cooksey, Delaware Coastal Programs, 302-739-9283; John Clark, Division of Fish and Wildlife, 302-739-9914; or Melanie Rapp, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902
Public listening session on Draft Mid-Atlantic Regional Ocean Planning
set for November 5 in Lewes
Public invited to provide input
LEWES, Del (October 30, 2014) – The Mid-Atlantic Regional Planning Body (MidA RPB) invites the public to provide input on regional ocean planning by participating in a listening session.
The MidA RPB seeks robust input and comments on a variety of options for the Ocean Action Plan, information on engaging stakeholders, and the current status of a regional ocean assessment.
Delaware’s representatives to the MidA RPB will host the public listening session from 4 – 7 p.m. Wednesday, November 5 at the University of Delaware’s Virden Retreat Center at 700 Pilottown Road, Lewes. Details regarding the content of the planning information may be found here Mid-Atlantic-Regional-Planning-Body materials .
Five ocean action planning options will be considered that fall across a spectrum that ranges from a process-oriented approach to one that is geographically-oriented. A stakeholder engagement plan will be reviewed, so the MidA RPB may better understand: issues of particular importance to stakeholder groups and their constituents; how stakeholders would like to engage in the process of developing a plan; what engagement opportunities are most useful; and how to do this given resource constraints. In addition, the current status of a regional ocean assessment will be presented for comment.
The draft documents are available for public review and comment on the MidA RPB website through Nov. 20, 2014. In addition to attending the listening session, the public is encouraged to email written comments to the MidA RPB at: MidAtlanticRPB@boem.gov.
The MidA RPB will consider all comments received and will discuss them during its meeting on Jan. 21-22, 2015. Please check the website for additional information.
The Mid-Atlantic Regional Planning Body is an intergovernmental group created to coordinate and implement regional ocean planning. It includes representatives of six states (DE, MD, NY, NJ, PA, and VA), The Shinnecock Indian Nation, the Mid-Atlantic Fisheries Management Council and nine federal agencies. The Federal agencies designated are: the Department of the Interior, represented by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management; the Department of Commerce, represented by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; the Department of Defense, represented by the United States Navy and the Joint Chiefs of Staff; the Department of Homeland Security, represented by the United States Coast Guard; the Environmental Protection Agency; the Department of Energy, represented by the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Program; the Department of Transportation, represented by the Maritime Administration; and the Department of Agriculture, represented by the Natural Resources Conservation Service.
Additional information about MidA RPB may be found at http://www.boem.gov/Mid-Atlantic-Regional-Planning-Body/.
Vol. 44, No. 380