Learn all about a new Mid-Atlantic ocean planning body and how you can let them know the importance of surfing to our coastal communities, economy, and culture.

What: Mid-Atlantic Regional Planning Body Public Meetings

When: 10:30AM-7PM Wednesday and 9:30AM-5:30PM Thursday September 24-25

Where: Wilson Hall Auditorium, Monmouth University, 400 Cedar Avenue, West Long Branch, New Jersey, 07764

Who: Anyone Who Cares About Our Ocean and Coasts! Click here to RSVP.

The Mid-Atlantic Regional Planning Body, or RPB, is a newly formed round-table of state, federal, and tribal government representatives who are tasked with creating a comprehensive plan for Mid-Atlantic coasts and oceans. For more information about the RPB process click here. To RSVP for the public meetings click here.

Make your voice heard by sending the RPB your thoughts either by email or by showing up and giving comments at the public meeting. Let the RPB know that recreational uses should be protected and promoted in the regional ocean plan.

Some suggestions for comments:

  • Current recreational uses such as diving, boating, kayaking, fishing, bird watching, and surfing need to be protected. Such sustainable uses are critical to our coastal communities, economy, and culture.
  • Regional ocean planning will create a blueprint that can ensure that we identify ocean areas that are appropriate for industrial use while maintaining current uses and protecting habitat and wildlife.
  •  The RPB should appoint a stakeholder advisory panel to provide regular input and advice from recreational users and ensure that meetings and materials are open to the public.

Major topics for the meeting include: how best to engage stakeholders, what regional ocean goals should be, what the planning area boundaries should be, what data are currently available, and what should be covered in the RPB’s charter.

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