To examine evolving ocean uses and develop a comprehensive approach to managing ocean resources, the Massachusetts Ocean Management Task Force was launched in 2003 and charged with developing recommendations, which were released in the 2004 Waves of Change report. This effort, which was chaired and staffed by the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM), formed the foundation for ongoing ocean management activities and spurred the passage of the Oceans Act of 2008. Signed by Governor Deval Patrick on May 28, 2008, the Act required Massachusetts to develop a comprehensive plan to manage development in state waters. The Massachusetts Ocean Management Plan was released on December 31, 2009. The Oceans Act also requires EEA to review and update the ocean plan at least once every five years. See the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs Massachusetts Ocean Management Plan website for details on the ocean plan and the update process.

The following links provide more information on the Massachusetts Ocean Management Initiative of 2003-2004: