The Oceans Act charged the Ocean Advisory Commission (OAC) with assisting the Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs in developing the ocean management plan by holding public meetings and making recommendations for the proper management and development of the plan. As directed by the Oceans Act, this 17-member commission includes legislators, agency heads, representatives from a commercial fishing organization and an environmental organization, an expert in offshore renewable energy, and representatives from the coastal Regional Planning Agencies. The OAC provided valuable support in developing, updating, and amending the first Massachusetts Ocean Management Plan, and continues to provide important advice and guidance on ongoing implementation of the plan, and on the plan review and update process.

LEGISLATORS:
  • Senator Bruce Tarr
  • Representative Frank Smizik
  • Representative Mathew Muratore
AGENCY REPRESENTATIVES:
  • Bruce Carlisle, Director, Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management
  • David Pierce, Director, Division of Marine Fisheries, Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game
  • Martin Suuberg, Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection
STAKEHOLDER REPRESENTATIVES:
  • Jack Clarke (chair), Director of Public Policy, Mass Audubon Society
  • Aileen Kenney, Vice President of Permitting and Environmental Affairs, Deepwater Wind, LLC
  • Beth Casoni, Executive Director, Massachusetts Lobstermen's Association
  • Heather McElroy, Natural Resource Specialist, Cape Cod Commission
  • Joseph Cosgrove, Environmental Program Manager, Merrimack Valley Planning Council
  • JoAnn Taylor, Planner, Martha's Vineyard Commission
  • Andrew Vorce, Director, Nantucket Planning & Economic Development Commission
  • James Whitin, Chair, Westport Planning Board (pending)