The First Regional Ocean Plans: A One-Year Review

In December 2016, planning bodies for the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions, made up of state and federal agency representatives, fisheries managers, and American Indian tribes, committed to enhancing ocean coordination by signing on to regional plans that help ensure the waters off our shores remain healthy and serve as economic engines for the long haul.

The regional ocean plans are only a year old, but we are already seeing benefits. It is imperative that we coordinate existing and new ocean uses to drive responsible growth that supports our wildlife—as well as our families and businesses—for generations to come.

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