The Oceans Act of 2008 required the formation of the Ocean Science Advisory Council and specified its composition.
The Massachusetts Ocean Partnership provided technical and logistical support for most SAC meetings, including substantive input via science projects and meeting notifications and summaries.
Role in Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning
By definition, a coastal and marine spatial planning effort must be science based, the SAC helped shape the extent and breadth of science supporting the initial planning effort.
Challenges & Applications
The primary challenge was for the SAC to determine the minimum information required to make sound ocean planning decisions for the first iteration of the MA Ocean Plan.
The Oceans Act of 2008 required that the MA Ocean Plan be based on the best available science, the SAC helped shape the information base for the plan and determine the next steps for Plan evolution/adaptation.