The Science Advisory Council (SAC) is made up of nine scientists with expertise in the marine sciences and data management assembled to assist the Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs in the science and technical aspects of developing and implementing the ocean management plan. The SAC assists with: reviewing data sources and identifying other viable data, assisting in the development of the baseline assessment and characterization of the ocean planning area, identifying "big picture" questions to improve understanding of the natural systems and/or human uses and influences, and helping to formulate a long-term strategy for addressing information gaps.

Dave Terkla, UMass-Boston
Robyn Hannigan, UMass-Boston
Scott Krauss, New England Aquarium
Priscilla Brooks, Conservation Law Foundation
Carlton Hunt, Battelle
Kathryn, Ford MA Division of Marine Fisheries
William Schwab, USGS
Todd Callaghan, CZM