Links to Additional Information on Ocean Management
This page provides links to information on ocean management organized into the following categories:
As an additional resource, CZM has developed the Massachusetts Ocean Education Guide, a directory of programs designed to assist K-12 educators in teaching about the Commonwealth's ocean resources.
Ocean Management in Massachusetts
Ocean Management in the Gulf of Maine
- The Massachusetts Ocean Management Initiative - This website provides information on the initiative launched in 2003 to examine evolving ocean uses and develop a comprehensive approach to managing ocean resources.
- Oceans Act of 2008 - Signed into law on May 28, 2008, this new legislation will lead to a first-in-the-nation ocean management plan to guide all development activity in state ocean waters.
- The Massachusetts Ocean Management Task Force Reports and Recommendations - The Task Force, which was appointed by Secretary of Environmental Affairs Ellen Roy Herzfelder to spearhead Governor Romney's Ocean Management Initiative, released its final reports and recommendations in March, 2004, which are available on this web page.
- Massachusetts Ocean Education Guide - This 2005 directory of Massachusetts ocean education resources includes programs designed to assist K-12 educators in teaching about the Commonwealth's ocean resources.
- CZM/USGS Geologic Mapping Initiative - CZM and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) are producing high-resolution seafloor geologic maps of Boston Harbor, the South Essex Ocean Sanctuary, and the South Merrimack embayment. The CZM/USGS mapping initiative is being coordinated with the regional and international Gulf of Maine Mapping Initiative and benthic mapping of Massachusetts waters. To learn more about the technology behind the fieldwork, check out this USGS Soundwaves article.
- Environmental Permitting in Massachusetts - This online permit guide gives an overview of the environmental permitting process in Massachusetts and technical descriptions of the major statutes, regulations, and programs.
- Federal Consistency Review - This web page explains federal consistency review, which gives the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) the authority to review federal activities for consistency with state coastal policy.
- The Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management Policy Guide - This plan describes the vision for the state's coastal program; its history, policies, regulatory role, and services; and the inter-relationship of CZM and other government environmental agencies.
- CMR Titles 300-399 - This web page provides titles and links to Massachusetts Environmental regulations.
- Dredged Material Management Plan (DMMP) Technical Reports - This web page gives a bibliography and links to publications on the environmental and economic issues surrounding dredged material management in Massachusetts, including information on marine resources and impacts associated with dredging and dredged material disposal.
- The Massachusetts Aquaculture White Paper and Strategic Plan - This web page gives links to these publications, published in 1995 to describe the aquaculture industry in Massachusetts, identify barriers to development, and propose recommendations to restore this industry.
- Strategic Plan for Mapping Massachusetts Benthic Marine Habitats (PDF, 1.41 MB). This strategic plan, devloped by a NOAA Coastal Services Center fellow, describes a process to obtain maps of seafloor habitats throughout Massachusetts.
- Habitat Classification Feasibility Study for Coastal and Marine Environments in Massachusetts (PDF, 1 MB). CZM initiated this study to better understand published approaches to classify coastal and ocean habitats to facilitate mapping the state-wide distribution of habitats.
- Coastlines Winter 2004-2005 - This edition of the CZM magazine features coastal and marine habitats.
Ocean Management at the National Level
Ocean Management in Other States
Ocean Management Beyond U.S. Waters
Marine Protected Areas (MPAs)
- Joint Ocean Commission Initiative - This effort, led by Admiral James Watkins and Leon Panetta, respective chairs of the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy and Pew Oceans Commission, is an collaborative effort to accelerate change that results in meaningful ocean policy reform.
- U.S. Ocean Park Stewardship 2006-2008 Action Plan - The U.S. National Park Service has developed a strategy to increase the emphasis on ocean resource management and conservation. This plan identifies critical issues and ways to address these issues cooperatively with federal, state, tribal, and private partners. (PDF, 282 KB)
- U.S. Ocean Action Plan - The plan, issued in 2004, is the Bush Administration's response to the recommendations of the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy (PDF, 236 KB).
- Council on Environmental Quality’s Committee on Ocean Policy - On December 17, 2004, President Bush established by Executive Order a Cabinet-level “Committee on Ocean Policy” to coordinate the activities of executive branch departments and agencies regarding ocean-related matters.
- An Ocean Blueprint for the 21st Century--the final report of the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy - The report, released by the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy in 2004, describes the Commission's final recommendations.
- America's Living Oceans: Charting a Course for Sea Change - This publication is the final report of the Pew Oceans Commission, which provides recommendations on the policies needed to restore and protect living marine resources in U.S. waters.
- National Ocean Economics Program - This site provides a full range of the most current economic and socio-economic information available on changes and trends along the U.S. coast and in coastal waters.