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Aquaculture

Bren Smith

Executive Director and Co-founder, GreenWave

Recreational Fishing

Tom Raftican

President, The Sportfishing Conservancy

Aquaculture

Murray Fisher

Executive Director New York Harbor Foundation

Science

Gary Gysin

President and CEO, Liquid Robotics®

Ports, Maritime & Shipping

Eric Johansson

Professor of Marine Transportation, SUNY Maritime

Recreational Fishing

Capt. John McMurray

Owner, One More Cast Charters, Inc.

Conservation

Jon Forrest Dohlin

VP and Director, WCS New York Aquarium

Ports, Maritime & Shipping

Sean Kline

Director of Marine Affairs, Chamber of Shipping of America

Ports, Maritime & Shipping

North Atlantic Ports Association

Commercial Fishing

Sean Barrett

Fishermen, Conservationist, Restaurateur & Co-Founder, Dock to Dish

Commercial Fishing

Bianca Piccillo & Mark Usewicz

Founder, Mermaid's Garden Sustainable Seafood

Tourism and Recreation

Arthur H. Kopelman, Ph.D.

President, Coastal Research and Education Society of Long Island

Conservation

Matt Gove

Mid-Atlantic Policy Manager, Surfrider Foundation

Recreational Fishing

Charles Witek

Renewable Energy

Liz Burdock

Executive Director, Business Network for Offshore Wind

Commercial Fishing

John Williamson

Sea Keeper Fishery Consulting

"Building on the cultural heritage of our commercial fishing industry"
Tourism and Recreation

Paul Sieswerda

Executive Director, Gotham Whale

"Connecting urban coast and wild ocean"
Ports, Maritime & Shipping

Jason Kelly

Executive Vice President, Moran Shipping Agencies, Inc.

"Largest independent steamship agency in North America"
Aquaculture

Bob Rheault

Executive Director, East Coast Shellfish Growers Association

"Growing opportunities for shellfish growers"
Ports, Maritime & Shipping

Carleen Lyden-Kluss

Executive Director & Co-Founder, NAMEPA

"Shipping industry leader preserving the marine environment"

Why We Need Ocean Planning

The ocean and coasts are active places, and we’re putting more demands on them every day. Think about it: traditional uses such as fishing, boating, shipping, recreation, and tourism are all changing and expanding, and at the same time we’re pioneering new industries alongside them like wind energy and sand mining. Ocean planning is about thinking ahead and planning for how to make it all work. Otherwise, we put the ocean’s vast, yet fragile, resources at risk. Voluntary ocean planning allows us to coordinate all these uses in a way that benefits our economy, our communities, and ocean health. Ocean planning is a science-based and data-driven process that provides a tool for people and government to work together, share information and solve problems in a way that works for everyone. Ocean planning helps to identify and resolve potential conflicts early on, helping decision makers and stakeholders in both the private and public sectors do their jobs better. This creates better outcomes for everyone, supporting a healthy ocean and vibrant economy

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