On June 30, 2009, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs issued a comprehensive draft ocean management plan that is intended to "serve as the basis for the protection and sustainable use of our ocean and coastal waters." Massachusetts becomes the first state in the nation to release such a comprehensive plan, which is the result of more than a year of consultations, public meetings and scientific and policy analysis. The final plan will be issued by December 31, 2009, after a six-month public review and comment period. The draft plan is now available on the EOEEA website.