The Mid-Atlantic Regional Ocean Action Plan was approved by the White House in December of 2016 and represents the first plan of its kind for managing ocean resources in the U.S. Mid-Atlantic region.  It is also one of only two first ocean plans for the nation as a whole.  The plan brings together the Mid-Atlantic states, relevant federal agencies, federally and state-recognized tribes, and the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council under one common vision for the ocean waters of the Mid-Atlantic region.

Arlo Hemphill of I am Wilderness was contracted by the Coastal States Stewardship Foundation on behalf of the Mid-Atlantic Region Council of the Ocean (MARCO) to serve as part of the core production team for this milestone document.  Working closely with a team of editors and process conveners at the Meridian Institute, and graphic designer Miya Su Rowe from Rowe House Design, Arlo oversaw design production timelines and concepts, managed printing and distribution, served as photo editor (selection, sourcing and caption writing) for both draft & final documents and executive summaries, and supported the Mid-Atlantic Regional Planning Body (MidA RPB) with media engagement and digital marketing for the Plan’s release.

Prior to the elaboration of the final Plan, Arlo co-led the three year public engagement process that provided stakeholder input into the formation of the Plan.  Engagement activities included convening a Stakeholder Liaison Committee, hosting single-sector engagement round tables, exhibiting and soliciting public comment at regional stakeholder events, and providing several rounds of public listening sessions and workshops throughout the Mid-Atlantic states.