On behalf of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA), the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) serves as the lead state agency for ocean planning—working with other state agencies and regional and federal partners to balance current and new uses of ocean waters while protecting ocean habitats and promoting sustainable economic development. In response to the Oceans Act of 2008, which required the EEA Secretary to develop a comprehensive ocean management plan, CZM led the plan development process and continues to manage the plan implementation and revision efforts. See the EEA Massachusetts Ocean Management Plan website for details, along with links to the original plan released in 2009 and the updated plan released in 2015. The Massachusetts Ocean Management Plan is a landmark blueprint for the protection and sustainable use of state ocean waters that protects critical marine habitat and important water-dependent uses and sets standards for new ocean-based development.
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