Regional Collaboration

Pacific Regional Activities

  • West Coast Ocean Data Network: BOEM is an active member of the West Coast Ocean Data Network and contributor to the West Coast Ocean Data Portal (WCODP). In 2016, BOEM was part of a WCODP team that developed a story map on marine renewable energy as an example of changing ocean uses on the West Coast. In 2014-2015, BOEM funded a WCODP effort to synthesize spatial data on littoral cells, kelp surveys and extents, and fishing closure areas. These data sets have been integrated into the WCODP to inform ocean planning, policy development, and resource management on the West Coast.
  • West Coast Ocean Partnership:BOEM is an active member of the West Coast Ocean Partnership (WCOP), a new state, tribal, and federal forum that focuses on information sharing, coordination, communication, and relationship building to improve regional ocean health for future generations. The WCOP aligns with and builds upon the functions of prior regional entities including the West Coast Governors Alliance on Ocean Health, which has now come to a close. The WCOP’s current priorities are responding to changing ocean conditions, improving ocean data access and coordination, and climate resilient coastal communities.
  • West Coast Marine Planning: BOEM is engaged in regional marine planning as the designated Department of the Interior representative to the West Coast Region Planning Body (RPB). The West Coast RPB is a partnership between the states of Washington, Oregon, and California, 13 federally-recognized tribal governments, the Pacific Fishery Management Council, and U.S. federal agencies. The RPB provides a regular forum for government co-managers to communicate and collaborate around existing and emerging uses of the ocean along the West Coast.
    See this fact sheet for more information on the West Coast RPB.
  • Pacific Islands Marine Planning: BOEM supports the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in its role as the designated Department of Interior representative to the Pacific Islands Regional Planning Body (RPB). The Pacific Islands RPB is a partnership between the state of Hawaii, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, the Western Pacific Fishery Management Council, and U.S. federal agencies. The RPB members are working together to develop a regional plan for the balanced, sustainable management of the coastal and marine areas of the Pacific Islands Region.