The Regional Ocean Governance Symposium built on past and ongoing efforts to identify innovative and robust legal and policy approaches that address Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean (MARCO) priorities and timely and critical issues for New Jersey and the region. Key issues included legal and policy frameworks for siting wind farms off the coast of New Jersey, and integration with related federal “Smart from the Start” initiatives of the Department of the Interior working with New Jersey and other states in the region; use of the regional Marine Mapping and Planning Portal to support multi-use management and spatial planning; and the formation of Regional Planning Bodies under the auspices of the National Ocean Council.
Symposium Date: April 12, 2013
Symposium Location: Seton Hall University School of Law, Newark, New Jersey
Purpose: The purpose of the symposium was to provide state and local decision-makers with legal and policy analyses that support the implementation of regional ocean planning in the Mid-Atlantic, from New York to Virginia. The symposium built on ongoing efforts in New Jersey and the Mid-Atlantic region to identify innovative and practical legal and policy solutions to critical challenges. Key issues of interest included multi-use ocean management, offshore alternative energy, habitats, fisheries, and living marine resources.
|8:00 - 8:30 am||Registration|
|8:30 - 8:45||Welcome and Introductions|
|8:45 - 10:00||Panel I: Regional Ocean Planning in the Mid-Atlantic|
|10:00 - 10:15||Coffee break|
|10:15 - 11:30||Panel II: Offshore Energy Development|
|11:30 - 12:15||Emerging Voices on Ocean Issues|
|12:15 - 1:15 pm||Lunch|
|1:15 - 1:45 pm||Demonstration on the Mid-Atlantic Ocean Data Portal|
|1:45 - 3:00||Panell III: Managing Living Marine Resources|
|3:00 - 3:15||Coffee break|
|3:15 - 4:15||Moving Forward: Lessons Learned and Next Steps|
|4:15||Evaluations and Adjournment|
Speakers and participants included: Jeremy Firestone (University of Delaware), Sarah Chasis (NRDC), Sean Dixon (Clean Ocean Action), Ann Powers (Pace University), Morgan Gopnik (Duke University), Tony MacDonald (Monmouth University Urban Coast Institute), Jordan Diamond (Environmental Law Institute), and Marc Poirier (Seton Hall University School of Law).