NOAA Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning

Regional Activities

New Jersey Ocean 309 Strategy

Total miles of U.S. coastline 127
Total spatial area under consideration All federal and state waters offshore New Jersey

Activity lead contact information:
Tom Micai
New Jersey Division of Planning, Department of Environmental Protection

Activity implementation: 2011

Activity status: Ongoing

State(s) involved: New Jersey

Regional association involvement: Information from this effort is expected to work with Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean (MARCO) and the federal coastal and marine spatial planning process (CMSP).

Partners: N/A

Activity description: New Jersey began gathering data on biological resources through an offshore baseline study from January 2008 through December 2009 and participating. through MARCO. in the development of a Mid-Atlantic GIS portal to host and provide access to regional offshore data. As an outgrowth of New Jersey’s 309 Ocean Resources Strategy, New Jersey’s Office of Coastal Management is proposing to engage a NOAA Coastal Management Fellow in its efforts to initiate the tasks necessary for CMSP and to meet the long-term goals and objectives of ocean management, specifically developing a stakeholder framework and decision-support tools. Coincident with the development of a plan for New Jersey’s ocean waters, New Jersey will continue to work with MARCO to advance regional issues. This strategy proposes working with the federal government and stakeholders on CMSP to advance the recommendations of the Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force, adopted by the 2010 federal executive order on Stewardship of the Ocean, Our Coasts, and the Great Lakes.

The development and adoption of a coastal and marine spatial plan will require revisions to New Jersey’s enforceable policies. Federal consistency under the federal Coastal Zone Management Act is the key authority available to New Jersey to influence and manage activities proposed in federal waters off our shore.

Using the revised and new enforceable policies and federal consistency tools, the plan can be used to further advance the New Jersey Division of Planning’s priorities of developing offshore wind energy and optimizing stewardship of the Atlantic Ocean and its beaches and tributaries.

Jurisdictions: State, federal

Objectives: Economic, environmental

Ocean uses to be managed: Aquaculture, dredging, fishing, marine transportation, oil and gas, pipelines and cables, protected areas, renewable energy, security (military)

Ocean uses to be considered/analyzed: Aquaculture, fishing, marine transportation, oil and gas, pipelines and cables, ports, protected areas, recreation, renewable energy, sand and gravel mining, security (military)

Management considerations:

  • Compatible and incompatible uses within the planning area
  • Trade-offs among competing uses for ocean areas to reduce conflicts among users
  • Synergies among compatible uses for ocean areas to facilitate compatible uses
  • Future conditions, including defining, analyzing, and incorporating emerging uses
  • Cumulative impacts of uses within planning area
  • Climate change impacts

Additional uses: Yes

Enabling authority: Coastal Zone Management Act enforceable policies

Priority legislation: N/A

Committed resources: Staffing levels have yet to be determined.

Public participation: Involved in all stages of the planning process

Plan evaluation and adaptation process: To be determined

Next Steps: Unknown at this time