Senator Dan Wolf
Massachusetts Cape & Islands District
Senator Wolf joins the Ocean Advisory Commission

Cape and Islands State Senator Dan Wolf has been appointed by Massachusetts Senate President Therese Murray to serve on the Ocean Advisory Commission, which plays a key role in helping formulate planning and regulatory policies for the state’s marine environment and resources.

“I’m very pleased to become a member of this commission,” said Wolf, who fills a seat previously held by former Cape and Islands Senator Robert O’Leary. “For the Cape and Islands, our past, present, and future are all defined in large part by our relationship to the seas around us. I look forward to working to be a good steward of that relationship.”

The Ocean Advisory Commission consists of 18 members, including legislators, agency heads, representatives from a commercial fishing organization and an environmental organization, an expert in offshore renewable energy, and representatives from the coastal Regional Planning Agencies. It has assisted in establishing goals, strategies, and outcomes for the Ocean Management Plan, and developing management approaches going forward. 

“I am thrilled to have Senator Wolf join the Ocean Advisory Commission,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Richard K. Sullivan Jr. “He brings passion and heightened attention to coastal and ocean management issues.  I look forward to working with Dan and the rest of the Commission as we move forward on the implementation of Massachusetts’ landmark Ocean Management Plan and enhanced management of the uses and resources in our ocean waters.”

The commission meets quarterly, with its next meeting expected in August or September. As mandated by the act that created the Ocean Management Plan, the group will begin reviewing the current plan within the next 18 months, with an eye toward suggesting appropriate amendments.