Pacific Islands Region

The Pacific Islands Regional Planning Body (PI RPB) is one of 9 RPBs established by the National Ocean Policy. RPBs were created to develop coastal and marine spatial plans (ocean plans) for the 9 regions, working in collaboration with state and territorial agencies and stakeholders.Pago Pago

In the Pacific Islands, the NOAA Fisheries Pacific Islands Regional Office is the federal co-lead). The PI RPB was formalized in 2013 with 17 members including federal, state, and territorial agency representatives and a representative from the Western Pacific Fishery Management Council.

The goal of the PI RPB is to create an ocean plan that provides the best available and publicly accessible information on condition and uses occurring within coastal and marine ecosystems, promotes healthy ocean and coastal ecosystems and community benefits, involves stakeholders and reflects cultural priorities and rights, and enables effective inter-governmental decision-making. The plan would use guidance from the National Ocean Council, the National Ocean Policy, Implementation Plan, and Marine Planning Handbook. The overarching ocean plan will include 4 sub-plans for the jurisdictions: American Samoa, Hawaii, the Pacific Remote Islands Areas, and the Mariana Islands (Guam and CNMI).

The inaugural meeting of the PI RPB was held in July 2013, the charter was finalized in July 2014, and the stakeholder engagement plan has been finalized. A PI RPB Meeting was held on March 30-31, 2016 in Pago Pago, American Samoa, and the next Pacific Islands PI RPB Meeting will be held on February 15-16, 2017 in Honolulu, Hawaii.

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