——MID-ATLANTIC REGIONAL OCEAN ACTION PLAN
As the Federal, Tribal, and State Co-leads of this historic effort and on behalf of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Planning Body (RPB), we are proud to present the Mid-Atlantic Regional Ocean Action Plan (Plan). This Plan is the result of over three years of collaborative effort by many RPB contributors, partners, and stakeholders and is the first of its kind in our region. It charts the course toward a more integrated approach to managing our shared ocean resources that is grounded in stakeholder engagement. The Plan guides and informs the decisions and practices of RPB member entities and fosters transparent ocean data and information sharing, improved coordination in decision making, and collaboration around specific actions that support ocean ecosystem health and sustainable ocean uses. The planning process will evolve over time, and we look forward to continuing to work with the people of the Mid-Atlantic in advancing this effort. Ultimately, we bear a shared responsibility for the treasured ocean resources upon which our region’s communities, economies, and ecosystems depend. Together, we can seize this opportunity.