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Virginia CZM Program: 2017 Coastal Grant Project Description and Final Summary

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Virginia Commonwealth University 

Project Title:

Ocean Stakeholder Coordination 

Project Description:

Virginia Commonwealth University will provide an Environmental Scientist/Analyst to serve as the VA Ocean Planning Stakeholder Engagement Coordinator.  The Stakeholder Coordinator will work under the direction of the Virginia CZM Program Manager to continue the engagement of the Virginia ocean stakeholders through personal contact, public meetings, PGIS workshops and other techniques to refine the offshore ocean management objectives for various uses such as commercial and recreational fishing, energy development, conservation, sand mining, shipping and recreation.
The Stakeholder Coordinator will be a primary point of contact for coordinating, outreach and engagement of ocean stakeholders, arranging and establishing meetings, and communicating with sector stakeholders to implement the Ocean Action Plan (OAP). Outreach and facilitation of stakeholder meetings will be summarized and analyzed such that a Virginia perspective on management objectives will be available for informing the National Ocean Council’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Planning Body.
Partnering with MARCO’s Ocean Data Management Team, the Stakeholder Coordinator will assist with obtaining data from the Ports, Renewable Energy developers, Defense, Commercial fishing community, Recreational users and Transportation sectors when such sectors are contacted regarding Virginia-based activities.

The Coordinator will participate in MARCO Action Teams as needed but will also directly support the VA CZM Manager as the Regional Planning Body State Co-Lead addressing emerging issues, researching relevant topics, providing policy input and analysis to advance the Ocean Action Plan.

Federal Funding:


Project Contact:

Todd Janeski, 804.828.2858;

Project Status:

10/1/2017 - 12/31/2018; Project Open 

Final Product:


Project Summary:


Disclaimer: This project summary provides the federal dollars initially awarded to the grantee. Due to underexpenditure or reprogramming of grant funds, this figure may change. For more information on the allocation of coastal grant funds, please contact Laura McKay, Virginia Coastal Program Manager, at 804.698.4323 or

A more detailed Scope of Work for this project is available. Please direct your request for a copy to










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