May 19, 2017 @ 8:45 am – 4:30 pm
St. Jones National Estuarine Research Reserve
818 Kitts Hummock Rd
Dover, DE 19901

Mid-Atlantic Regional Planning Body

Ecologically Rich Areas Workshop

May 19, 2017

8:45 am- 4:30 pm


St. Jones National Estuarine Research Reserve

818 Kitts Hummock Rd.

Dover, DE 19901

Public Skype access: (8:40- 11:30 am)


Note:  For participants joining via Skype, please test the link in advance to ensure your system can connect.  For technical support during the meeting, please call the Reserve at

(302) 739-6377, and ask for Kim Cole.


Workshop objectives:

  • Enhance understanding of ongoing work to develop data products characterizing the components of ecological richness (i.e. high productivity, high biodiversity, high species abundance, vulnerable and rare resources) and types of ecologically rich areas (ERAs).
  • Obtain stakeholder input onthe opportunities and challenges associated with identifying ERAs.
  • Review efforts to collect expert input that will guide ERA data development and solicit ideas for obtaining additional stakeholder and expert input.
  • Obtain stakeholder input on criteria[1] the Mid-Atlantic Regional Planning Body could use for selecting a pilot ERA.

Workshop findings will be reported to the full RPB at the June 20 meeting in Silver Spring, MD.


Background materials:

  • Language in the Final Mid-Atlantic Regional Ocean Action Plan (inserted at end of the Agenda)