Governor Deval Patrick signed the Oceans Act on May 28, 2008 - requiring the Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) to develop a comprehensive ocean management plan, with a draft plan by June 30, 2009, and a final plan promulgated by December 31, 2009. Links to the materials developed to support plan development are provided below. These documents include the draft Massachusetts Ocean Management Plan released on June 30, 2009, ocean planning work group reports, and Massachusetts Ocean Partnership-funded reports.

Draft Massachusetts Ocean Management Plan

This page provides links to the draft Massachusetts Ocean Management Plan, which was released on June 30, 2009. It includes links to Volumes 1 and 2 of the draft plan, complete with all figures, maps, and errata:

Ocean Planning Work Group Reports

Agency work groups prepared the following six reports, organized by topic area, which synthesized available data for the ocean planning area:

Massachusetts Ocean Partnership-Funded Reports

In partnership with EEA, the Massachusetts Ocean Partnership funded the following reports to support the ocean planning effort: