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Virginia CZM Program: 2018 Coastal Grant Project Description and Final Summary

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Virginia Commonwealth University

Project Title:

Virginia Ocean Plan

Project Description:

Virginia Commonwealth University will provide an Environmental Scientist/Analyst to serve as the VA Ocean Planning Stakeholder Engagement Coordinator (OPSEC).  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 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 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 those actions which advance the Mid Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean (MARCO) shared priorities and most directly relate to commercial and recreational for-hire fisheries. Outreach and facilitation of stakeholder meetings will be summarized and analyzed such that a Virginia perspective on management objectives will be available for informing and advancing Virginia’s participation.

The Stakeholder Coordinator will conduct a policy analysis to complete a Geographic Location Description (GLD) and Unlisted Activity effects analysis with a focus on the effects associated with energy development (oil, gas and renewable) on commercial fishing that is landed in Virginia. This process will permit the Commonwealth to have a direct stake in the evaluation of impacts as they relate to understanding the potential impacts to the revenue associated with commercial fisheries landings. The GLD will also permit the Commonwealth to review Licenses and Permits specifically as those may adversely affect fisheries landings in the Commonwealth.

The Coordinator will participate in MARCO Action Teams as needed but will also directly support the VA CZM Manager to address emerging issues, researching relevant topics, providing policy input and analysis to advance the Ocean Action Plan.

Federal Funding:


Project Contact:

Greg Garman, 804.828.1574,

Project Status:

11/1/18 - 9/30/19; 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 email:

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

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P.O. Box 1105
Richmond, VA 23218
(804) 698-4000

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