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.

Priscilla Brooks, Conservation Law Foundation
Todd Callaghan, Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management
John Duff, University of Massachusetts Boston
Steve Lohrenz, University of Massachusetts School for Marine Science and Technology
Kathryn Ford, Division of Marine Fisheries, Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game
Scott Krauss, New England Aquarium
Carlton Hunt, Battelle Memorial Institute
William Schwab, U.S. Geological Survey Woods Hole Science Center
David Terkla, University of Massachusetts Boston/Massachusetts Fishermen's Partnership