OAP_Title Block_v1_lt blueWe all have a place in the ocean. Whether you fish, surf, create energy, defend our nation, ship goods or simply enjoy beautiful waterfront views, the ocean is an important part of your life. Regional ocean planning is a way to protect the special places and activities in the ocean that matter most to you.


The Mid-Atlantic Regional Planning Body (MidA RPB) is pleased to share that as of December 7th 2016 the Mid-Atlantic Regional Ocean Action Plan has been certified by the National Ocean Council (NOC), as announced in the White House blog.


The MidA RPB finalized the Plan after considering all comments received during the 60-day public comment period (during summer 2016) and during the open house public listening sessions hosted by the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean (MARCO) throughout the region.  A response to comments document describing how the MidA RPB incorporated public input is on the MidA RPB website, along with a Frequently Asked Questions document.  The MidA RPB appreciates the efforts of all stakeholders and members of the public who provided comments and participated throughout the Plan development process.


Opportunities to provide public comment are outlined below:

Get Involved

There are currently no near-term public opportunities on Mid-Atlantic regional ocean planning.

Please check the MARCO Event Calendar for regular updates on ocean events of interest in the Mid-Atlantic region.


Provide Public Comment:

NOTE:  The official public comment period for the Draft Plan ended September 6th, 2016.  However, the RPB will continue to accept comment any time on other aspects of the Mid-Atlantic ocean planning process and Plan implementation.

Members of the public and Mid-Atlantic ocean stakeholders are encouraged to provide comments to the MidA RPB at any time via email: MidAtlanticRPB@boem.gov


or by writing to:


Robert P. LaBelle, Federal Co-Lead

Mid-Atlantic Regional Planning Body


45600 Woodland Road, Mailstop:  VAM-BOEM DIR

Sterling, VA  20166

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