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  1. Ocean Management in the Bay State Capitol Hill Oceans Week June 14, 2006

  2. Overview • Policy Drivers • MA Ocean Management • MA Ocean Partnership Fund

  3. Growing Pressures • 1999 - present – Cape Wind • 2000-2004 – Hubline Gas Pipeline • 2000-2002 – Winergy • 2003-present – 4 LNG proposals • 2003-present – 2 Offshore Sand projects • 2004 – Energy Policy Act • 2006 – Buzzards Bay Disposal Site Hull municipal wind project Buzzards Bay Wind Farm Cape & Islands Tidal Energy Project • 2012 – Georges Bank Moratorium expires


  4. Massachusetts Efforts: • MA Ocean Management Task Force: 2004 • MA Oceans Act introduced: 2005 • MA Ocean Partnership Fund: 2006

  5. Information Base • Seafloor Mapping* • Habitat Characterization • Human Use Characterization* • Fisheries Use Characterization • Marine Protected Area Inventory* • Ocean and Coastal Economy* • Interagency Ocean Planning* • Energy Facility Planning*

  6. Challenges • Public awareness and engagement • Support for planning • Sensitivity in fishing community • Ad hoc approach to planning/permitting works for many • Scientific understanding of ocean • Funding

  7. What Is The MA Ocean Partnership Fund (MOPF) Now? A developing collaboration among those interested in providing leadership, funding or other support for important ocean initiatives in Massachusetts.

  8. What Will ThePartnership Be? • An independent private/public partnership to support advances in ocean policy, science, and education. • MOPF expected to have participation from: • State, federal, and local government • NGOs • Academic and other scientific institutions • Business and industry • Resource users • Funders (foundation, corporate, government, individuals, etc.) • Citizens

  9. Identifying Common Interests: • Healthy marine and coastal ecosystems • Vibrant ocean industries • Economically healthy communities • “Ocean literacy” among citizens of MA

  10. Emerging Objectives • Promote integration of ecosystem-based science into policy & management decisions • Support sustainable resource use • Foster widespread understanding of human - ocean interdependencies • Advance comprehensive ocean planning

  11. Establishing MOPF Roles • Convener of diverse stakeholders to identify & resolve difficult ocean policy & management issues. • Funder of programs & studies to advance ocean policy, science & education. • Catalyst for private/public partnership model that can be used elsewhere in the Gulf of Maine & other coastal states.

  12. MOPF Will Not: • have regulatory power or governmental status. • be a substitute for governmental funding or action. • represent any one group of stakeholders, organizations or sectors. • write an ocean management plan!

  13. How Did MOPF Get Started? • A group from MA Ocean Mgt Task Force developed the concept. • MA Environmental Trust, in collaboration with others, secured planning grant from Moore Foundation. • Planning phase through June 2007 to establish MOPF.

  14. “Outputs” For First Year: • 5-Year Strategic Plan for MOPF • Organizational form & management structure • Programmatic goals in ocean science, public education & policy • Implementation strategies • Funding plan • Science / Technical Plan • “Policy-relevant” scientific, socioeconomic & other technical information needs • Strategies for pursuing science/technical priorities • Tools for communicating priorities & implementation strategies to scientific community, resource managers, user groups & other stakeholders

  15. Objectives For First Year: • Hire Project Coordinator • Develop & implement stakeholder involvement program • Develop & implement process for preparing Strategic and Science Plans • Form Strategic Planning Group, Steering Committee & Science Panel • Procure consultant services, as needed

  16. Where Are We Now? • Hired Project Coordinator • Held initial stakeholder meeting April 2006 • Interviewing stakeholders • Developing Steering Committee and Strategic Planning Group • Formulating process for development of Strategic Plan and Science Plan

  17. Next Steps • Next stakeholder meeting July 2006 • Report findings from stakeholder interviews • Form Strategic Planning Group • Expand Steering Committee • Outline Strategic Plan and Science Plan

  18. MOPF Contact Information Stephanie Moura Project Coordinator Tel: 978-471-9078 Email: smoura.mopf@comcast.net Susan Snow-Cotter Andy Rosenberg Priscilla Brooks Robbin Peach