——2015 Massachusetts Ocean Management Plan Volume 1 Management and Administration
In 2009, the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) issued the Commonwealth’s first‐ever Ocean Management Plan, putting Massachusetts at the forefront of the nation on comprehensive ocean planning and management. This significant milestone, launched with the signing of the Oceans Act in May 2008, was the culmination of an extensive planning process that reflected the dedication of the Bay State to the responsible stewardship of our vast coastal and ocean resources and the sustainable uses they support. EEA, in collaboration with a range of stakeholders, worked to collect and analyze the best available science and data on ocean resources and uses and to identify the most efficient and effective management options available. The resulting ocean plan created a pragmatic management structure that enables the Commonwealth to proactively balance current and future uses of ocean waters while protecting critical ocean habitats and promoting sustainable economic development.