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Aquaculture

With U.S. consumption at 14.6 pounds of fish and shellfish per person annually, marine aquaculture production—including oysters, clams, and salmon— is growing nationwide, with a total production of over $400 million in 2013.

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Connecticut

Bren Smith

Executive Director and Co-founder, GreenWave

New York

Murray Fisher

Executive Director New York Harbor Foundation

Virginia

Chris Ludford

Oyster Farmer and Owner, Pleasure House Oysters

California

Phil Cruver

Director, President and CEO, Catalina Sea Ranch

"First offshore shellfish ranch in United States Federal Waters"
Maine

Hugh Cowperthwaite

Fisheries Project Director, Coastal Enterprises, Inc.

"Financing the future of our coastal economy"
Rhode Island

Cindy West

Owner, Cedar Island Oyster Farm

"Family owned and operated"
Connecticut

Bob Rheault

Executive Director, East Coast Shellfish Growers Association

"Growing opportunities for shellfish growers"
Rhode Island

Bill Silkes

Owner, American Mussel Harvesters, Inc.

"Providing renewable protein resources while balancing multiple ocean uses"

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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