CZM Ocean Management Publications

Find summaries of and links to publications developed by the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) on a variety of ocean management topics.

CZM has published and/or funded the following materials on ocean management, which are listed alphabetically by title under the following categories: general ocean planning and management, Massachusetts Ocean Management Plan and related documents, Massachusetts Ocean Management Initiative (2003-2004) and related documents, marine habitat, seafloor mapping and seafloor habitat mapping, ocean and marine information collected through the Dredged Material Management Planning process, and other. See CZM Publications for the full list of materials published by CZM.

(Note: Any views or opinions presented in publications prepared for CZM are solely those of the author[s] and do not necessarily represent those of the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management, the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, or the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Please see our website policies.)

General

  • Massachusetts Ocean Management Plan - In response to the Oceans Act of 2008, the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) issued the original Massachusetts Ocean Management Plan in December 2009. The Oceans Act requires EEA to review and update the ocean plan at least once every five years. As with the original plan, CZM led the planning process for and development of this comprehensive plan. The 2015 Massachusetts Ocean Management Plan, released on January 6, 2015, is the first formal amendment to the 2009 ocean plan. A draft of this plan was released in September 2014.
  • Review of the Massachusetts Ocean Management Plan (PDF, 2 MB) - This 2014 publication provides a summary of the background and context for ocean planning in Massachusetts and reports on the ocean plan development process, including the policies and management framework, plan administration and implementation, and work on science and data priorities identified in the Science Framework.
  • 2009 Massachusetts Ocean Management Plan (superseded by the 2015 Massachusetts Ocean Management Plan) - Published in 2009, the original Massachusetts Ocean Management Plan provides protections for critical environmental resources in nearly two-thirds of the Commonwealth's coastal waters and sets standards for the development of community-scale and commercial-scale offshore wind energy, as well as for other infrastructure, to foster sustainable uses in the state's ocean waters. Volume 1 of the plan covers management and administration, while Volume 2 presents a detailed baseline assessment and science framework. A draft of this plan was released in June of 2009.
  • Massachusetts Ocean Management Plan Data - Part of the Massachusetts Ocean Resource Information System (MORIS)—a web-based coastal mapping tool that provides detailed geographic data on Massachusetts ocean and coastal resources—this page provides links to all of the spatial data in the Massachusetts Ocean Management Plan.
  • Work Group Reports to Support the Development of the 2015 Massachusetts Ocean Management Plan - The final work group reports are:
  • Work Group Reports to Support the Development of the 2009 Massachusetts Ocean Management Plan - Work groups prepared the following six draft reports to synthesize available data for the ocean planning area:
  • Massachusetts Ocean Partnership-Funded Reports - In partnership with EEA, the Massachusetts Ocean Partnership (now known as SeaPlan) funded the following reports to support the ocean planning effort, which were all released in 2009:
  • Oceans Act of 2008 - This legislation required the Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs to develop the Massachusetts Ocean Management Plan and provided specific goals and a process for plan development.
  • Nearshore Ocean Management Planning Area Boundary - This map shows the nearshore boundary created for the Ocean Management Planning Area pursuant to Oceans Act of 2008 for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. A GIS shape file (ZIP, 114 KB) is also available.
  • Ocean Management Planning Area and the Ocean Sanctuaries - This map covers the entire ocean planning area and shows the Massachusetts Ocean Sanctuaries.

Marine Habitat

Seafloor Mapping and Seafloor Habitat Mapping

  • Arc Marine: GIS for a Blue Planet - This reference book details the ArcMarine Data Model—an evolving database structure that supports spatial data from various aspects of marine research including seafloor mapping, fisheries management, marine mammal tracking, monitoring of shoreline change, and other oceanographic data. Chapter 3, "Marine Surveys," features CZM/U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) data from Gloucester to Nahant as a case study for using the ArcMarine database scheme.
  • Geophysical and Sampling Data from the Inner Continental Shelf: Duxbury to Hull, Massachusetts - This 2010 CZM/USGS report contains geophysical and geological data collected by USGS on three cruises between 2006 and 2007. These data are supplemented with a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) hydrographic survey conducted in 2003 to update navigation charts. The geophysical data include (1) swath bathymetry from interferometric sonar and multibeam echosounders, (2) acoustic backscatter from sidescan sonar and multibeam echosounders, and (3) subsurface stratigraphy and structure from seismic-reflection profilers. The geological data include sediment samples, seafloor photographs, and bottom videos.
  • Geophysical and Sampling Data from the Inner Continental Shelf: Northern Cape Cod Bay, Massachusetts - This 2010 CZM/USGS report contains geophysical and sampling data collected by USGS during five research cruises between 2006 and 2008. The geophysical data include (1) swath bathymetry from interferometric sonar, (2) acoustic backscatter from interferometric and sidescan sonars, and (3) subsurface stratigraphy and structure from seismic-reflection profilers. The seafloor sampling data include sediment samples, photographs, and video tracklines.
  • Habitat Classification Feasibility Study for Coastal and Marine Environments in Massachusetts (PDF, 1 MB) - This 2007 report summarizes and evaluates four habitat classification studies to determine the most suitable framework or combination of frameworks for classifying coastal and marine habitats in Massachusetts.
  • High-Resolution Geologic Mapping of the Inner Continental Shelf: Boston Harbor and Approaches, Massachusetts - This CZM/USGS report published in 2006 presents the surficial geologic framework data and information for the sea floor of Boston Harbor. The geophysical data for these maps were collected as part of hydrographic surveys carried out by NOAA in 2000 and 2001. Bottom photographs, video, and samples of the sediments were collected in September 2004 to help in the interpretation of the geophysical data. Included in this report are high-resolution maps of the sea floor and a gallery of photographs of the sea floor.
  • High-Resolution Geologic Mapping of the Inner Continental Shelf: Cape Ann to Salisbury Beach, Massachusetts - This 2009 CZM/USGS report contains GIS data, maps, and technical explanations of data collection/processing and a discussion of the seafloor geology and topography from Cape Ann to Salisbury. The maps are based on marine geophysical data, sediment samples, and bottom photography obtained on two research cruises in 2004 and 2005.
  • High-Resolution Geologic Mapping of the Inner Continental Shelf: Nahant to Gloucester, Massachusetts - This 2006 CZM/USGS report presents high-resolution maps of the sea floor offshore of Massachusetts, from Nahant to Gloucester. The maps are based on marine geophysical data, sediment sampling, and bottom photography obtained on two research cruises carried out in 2003 and 2004.
  • Mapping the Geology of the Seafloor - This article on page 28 of the Winter 2004/2005 edition of CZM's Coastlines magazine (PDF, 38 MB) discusses seafloor mapping methods and the projects occurring in Massachusetts.
  • Mapping Seafloor Surficial Geological Habitat in Massachusetts State Waters - This PowerPoint presentation given at the 2008 Association of American Geographers annual meeting discusses the CZM effort to map the Commonwealth's seafloor environment in cooperation with USGS.
  • Strategic Plan for Mapping Massachusetts' Benthic Marine Habitats (PDF, 1 MB) - This evolving draft plan published by CZM in 2004 addresses the need to conduct coordinated, comprehensive mapping of Massachusetts benthic habitats to improve their management.

Ocean and Marine Information Collected through the Dredged Material Management Planning Process

Other

  • Massachusetts Aquaculture White Paper and Strategic Plan - These 1995 CZM publications include the information assembled as part of a study to identify how the state could proactively assist the aquaculture industry. The White Paper includes information on the biology, technology, support systems, water quality, seafood safety, legal, and economic aspects of the aquaculture industry. The Strategic Plan includes 68 specific recommendations for Massachusetts to implement to overcome constraints and take advantage of opportunities in the aquaculture industry.
  • Massachusetts Coastal and Ocean Education Guide for K-12 Teachers - CZM maintains a list of resources on ocean education with a special focus on Massachusetts-based programs and K-12 materials.

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