The Oceans Act of 2008 required the Executive Office 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 development of the original Massachusetts Ocean Management Plan released in 2009 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.

The Oceans Act also requires EEA to review and update the ocean plan at least once every five years. See the Massachusetts Ocean Management Plan home page for links to the 2015 ocean plan (which represents the first formal amendment to the original ocean plan released in 2009), the final 2009 ocean plan, ocean plan data, and information on the review and update process for the ocean plan and the draft ocean plan released in September 2014 as part of that update and amendment.

Draft 2009 Massachusetts Ocean Management Plan

This page provides links to the draft 2009 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

To support development of the 2009 ocean plan, 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 during the development of the 2009 ocean plan: