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Ocean Management in the Bay State. Capitol Hill Oceans Week June 14, 2006. Overview. Policy Drivers MA Ocean Management MA Ocean Partnership Fund. Growing Pressures. 1999 - present – Cape Wind 2000-2004 – Hubline Gas Pipeline 2000-2002 – Winergy 2003-present – 4 LNG proposals

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ocean management in the bay state

Ocean Management in the Bay State

Capitol Hill Oceans Week

June 14, 2006

overview
Overview
  • Policy Drivers
  • MA Ocean Management
  • MA Ocean Partnership Fund
growing pressures
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
massachusetts efforts
Massachusetts Efforts:
  • MA Ocean Management Task Force: 2004
  • MA Oceans Act introduced: 2005
  • MA Ocean Partnership Fund: 2006
information base
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*
challenges
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
what is the ma ocean partnership fund mopf now
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.

what will the partnership be
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
identifying common interests
Identifying Common Interests:
  • Healthy marine and coastal ecosystems
  • Vibrant ocean industries
  • Economically healthy communities
  • “Ocean literacy” among citizens of MA
emerging objectives
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
establishing mopf roles
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.
mopf will not
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!
how did mopf get started
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.
outputs for first year
“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
objectives for first year
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
where are we now
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
next steps
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
mopf contact information
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