Help protect New England's ecological hotspots and recreational areas before they're threatened.

If the health of New England's ocean ecosystem and the protection of recreational areas are important to you, please sign & share Surfrider Foundation's petition!  We are asking the Regional Planning Body to strengthen their revised draft goals by prioritizing the health of the ecosystem and by more clearly defining the public process for engagement in Regional Ocean Planning.

We will collect singnatures online from now through January 21, 2014, and then print them to submit in person at the next full meeting of the Regional Planning Body (click h e r e for details). 

All New England residents are encouraged to sign.

Thank you for considering helping out to protect New England's ecological hotspots and recreational areas, before they're threatened!

THE PETITION:

To the Northeast Regional Planning Body:

We, the undersigned New England ocean recreation stakeholders, call upon the Northeast Regional Planing Body to make the following changes to the draft goals for Regional Ocean Planning:
1.  Prioritize the health of the ocean ecosystem above all other goals.
2.  Include stronger actions under the Healthy Ocean & Coastal Ecosystems goal to restore and protect the environment from existing and potential future threats.
3.  Prioritize the protection of sustainable uses, such as non-extractive ocean recreation, over ecologically unsound existing uses and potential new uses.
4.  Identify actions for filling the data gap for non-consumptive/non-motorized ocean recreation uses.
5.  Articulate the public process for participation in ROP and plan ahead for enhanced public engagement, offering enough time with specific deadlines across diverse platforms for meaningful public participation; define the process by which the RPB will consider and integrate public input.

Thank you for your consideration of these ROP goal changes that would help better protect New England's ecological hotspots and recreational areas, before they're threatened.

LEARN MORE:

*What is the importance of ocean planning & what are Surfrider Foundation's interests:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lWn1nNaj3Qo.

*Who/what is the Northeast Regional Planning Body (RPB): http://northeastoceancouncil.org/regional-planning-body/.

*Where can I find the original set of draft goals for ocean planning: 
http://northeastoceancouncil.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Draft-Goals-for-Public-Review.pdf.

*Where can I view the revised/current draft goals: 
http://northeastoceancouncil.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/NortheastRPBgoals-objectives-actions.pdf.

*Who are the Federal, state & Tribal members of the NERPB: http://northeastoceancouncil.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Membership-Roster-NE-RPB1.pdf.

*What is ocean planning: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.168627996657914.1073741828.153106044876776&type=3.

*Why should I care about ocean planning & how do I get involved: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.168670623320318.1073741829.153106044876776&type=3.

*Community collaboration in ocean planning & how it works: http://ocean-frontiers.org/the-films/ocean-frontiers-2/.

For a summary of the public comments the RPB received on ocean planning draft goals, see: http://northeastoceancouncil.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/NE-Regional-Ocean-PlanningMay-July-2013-Public-Comment-Summary.pdf.

THANK YOU!

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Surfrider Foundation is dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world's oceans, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network.

Surfrider Foundation Northeast Regional Office
POB 313, Thomaston, Maine 04861
Contact our Northeast Regional Coordinator,
Melissa Gates: mgates@surfrider.org or 207.706.6378.

Visit Surfrider Foundation online: http://www.surfrider.org/
View our environmental policies:  http://www.surfrider.org/pages/environmental-policies
Support our work: http://www.surfrider.org/membership

To the Northeast Regional Planning Body:

We, the undersigned New England ocean recreation stakeholders, call upon the Northeast Regional Planning Body to make the following changes to the draft goals for Regional Ocean Planning:
1.  Prioritize the health of the ocean ecosystem above all other goals.
2.  Include stronger actions under the Healthy Ocean & Coastal Ecosystems goal to restore and protect the environment from existing and potential future threats.
3.  Prioritize the protection of sustainable uses, such as non-extractive ocean recreation, over ecologically unsound existing uses and potential new uses.
4.  Identify actions for filling the data gap for non-consumptive/non-motorized ocean recreation uses.
5.  Articulate the public process for participation in ROP and plan ahead for enhanced public engagement, offering enough time with specific deadlines across diverse platforms for meaningful public participation; define the process by which the RPB will consider and integrate public input.

Thank you for your consideration of these ROP goal changes that would help better protect New England's ecological hotspots and recreational areas, before they're threatened. 

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