The CRMC Ocean SAMP subcommittee unanimously approved the public review process for Ocean SAMP rulemaking on October 15, 2009. Prior to approval, this process was discussed at the October 6th Ocean SAMP stakeholder meeting and public comments were heard during a public meeting on the October 15th.
Download the public process document.





The Ocean SAMP stakeholder group (click here to download list of stakeholders) is a forum that engages key constituencies and the public in the development of the Ocean SAMP. During this two-year process, the stakeholder group members will learn about the technological and scientific information being collected to create an Ocean SAMP, be able to voice their concerns and issues, and provide thoughtful input on the process and products. Past meeting information is available on our documents page.


Overall Participation

Stakeholders have been selected who represent groups with a vested interest in the decisions made in the project area. Stakeholders include representatives from the municipalities that abut the project boundary,the Narragansett Indian Tribe, fishermen's organizations, recreation and tourism interests, environmental organizations, marine trades, commercial interests, and other groups with a broad interest in the area. Membership in the stakeholder group has been targeted in order to allow each group represented to have adequate opportunity to offer meaningful input to the process. Nevertheless, the public is invited to attend stakeholder meetings and share comments by contacting or (401) 874-6015. Those interested in being added to the stakeholder group must write a letter requesting consideration to Ken Payne, Stakeholder Committee Chairman, Mallon Alumni Center, 3 East Alumni Ave., University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI 02881.


Fisheries Participation

The Ocean SAMP study area hosts a thriving and important commercial and recreational fisheries industry.  The Ocean SAMP team has engaged stakeholders in an inclusive and transparent process to communicate the Ocean SAMP process, identify Ocean SAMP fisheries issues, concerns, and opportunities, and identify and integrate the best available science for developing the fisheries component of the Ocean SAMP document.  The following are documents that describe the outcomes to date as well a list of meetings the team has had with the fishing community.
View fisheries documents


All meetings will be announced on the Ocean SAMP Listserv and are open to the public. Please respond to Amber Neville at (401) 874-6106 or to confirm your attendance. Please see events calendar for more information. Materials from past meetings are posted on the documents page.

For more information about the project contact Jennifer McCann at (401) 874-6127 or e-mail