To help advance the work of the organization, the board of directors has recruited a Strategic Planning and Implementation Team to take the lead on drafting the region's ocean observing and product development priorities. This team will draft the annual work plan on which requests to NOAA will be based. This work plan will be subject to review and approval by the board. Work groups established by the Strategic Planning and Implementation Team will address specific issues important to the region.

The NERACOOS Strategic Planning and Implementation (SPI) and the Data Integration framework (DIF) Teams met on May 12th, 2009, at the National Marine Fisheries Service facility in Gloucester, MA. The goal of the meeting was to initiate the development of a Strategic Plan for consideration of the NERACOOS Board of Directors in early September, 2009. The following seven working groups were established and chairs appointed. Click working group name to view the current members:

  1. Strategic Planning and Implementation (SPI)
  2. Ocean and Coastal Ecosystem Health
  3. Coastal Hazards Resiliency
  4. Ocean Energy
  5. Maritime safety and security
  6. Data Integration Framework (DIF)
  7. Education and Outreach
  8. Performance and Evaluation