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2009 Massachusetts Ocean Management Plan (superseded by the 2015 plan)

Find links to and information on the Commonwealth's original ocean plan, which was released in 2009.

Superseded by the 2015 Massachusetts Ocean Management Plan.

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 completed by June 30, 2009, and a final plan promulgated by December 31, 2009. Links to Volumes 1 and 2 of the final 2009 Massachusetts Ocean Management Plan, complete with all figures, maps, and errata, are provided below.

The Oceans Act requires EEA to review the ocean plan at least once every five years. The 2015 Massachusetts Ocean Management Plan, released on January 6, 2015, is the first formal amendment to the 2009 ocean plan.

Below are links to the final 2009 plan and related documents.

2009 Massachusetts Ocean Management Plan

Superseded by the 2015 Massachusetts Ocean Management Plan.

The errata sheet for the final 2009 ocean plan is provided below, followed by links to Volumes 1 and 2 of the document.


The following typographical/printing errors have been noted in the promulgated version of the plan:

Volume 1

  1. On page 2-15, the correct figure reference in the footnote should be 2-19.
  2. On page 2-19, the title for Table 2-5 should read as follows: Table 2-5 - Siting and performance standards for cables and pipelines (see Figures 2-23 and 2-24).
  3. Figure 2-21 should include intertidal flats as a special, sensitive, or unique resource, as referenced in Table 2-3 on page 2-13.

Volume 2

  1. Table 4-6 of the Baseline Assessment (page BA-53) contained misspelled species names, which are correct in this edited table 4-6 (PDF, 91 KB).
  2. Due to a printer error, Figure 6.3 of the Baseline Assessment is missing the data layers. See the correct Figure 6.3 (PDF, 1 MB) with its intended layers.
Volume 1 - Management and Administration
Volume 2 - Baseline Assessment and Science Framework

Technical Reports and Planning Documents

The following documents were developed to support the 2009 ocean plan.

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 during the development of the 2009 ocean plan: