Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning Process

On December 14, 2009, President Obama's Ocean Policy Task Force released its Interim Framework on Effective Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning for a 60 day comment period. You can view all submitted comments or read selected comments from ocean users, ENGOs, federal, state, and local government agencies, and academic institutions here.

Principles for Marine Spatial Planning: Outcomes of the Ocean Users MSP Policy Labs

ENGO Response to Interim Framework: Alaska Wilderness League, Conservation Law Foundation, Defenders of Wildlife, Marine Conservation Biology Institute, Marine Fish Conservation Network, Natural Resources Defense Council, Oceana, Ocean Champions, Ocean Conservancy, Pew Environment Group, Restore America's Estuaries,The Nature Conservancy, World Wildlife Fund

CMSP Process: Major steps in the Task Force's Interim Framework for CMSP

CMSP News and Events

News and Events are gathered on the NOAA Marine Spatial Planning website from a variety of sources, but do not represent a complete list of all activities:

Additional Resources

NOAA Marine Spatial Planning provides information on the basic concepts of MSP, tools used, data, and places where marine spatial planning is being carried out.  NOAA also provides information on the latest MSP news and events in the US and around the world. 

UNESCO Marine Spatial Planning Initiative provides basic information about MSP from an international perspective as well as resources and publications on MSP.