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Science

Scientists, researchers, and educators from academic institutions, non-profits, and government are working together to bring cutting-edge knowledge and innovation to the marine sciences and marine management.

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New York

Murray Fisher

Executive Director New York Harbor Foundation

Gary Gysin

President and CEO, Liquid Robotics®

New York

Eric Johansson

Professor of Marine Transportation, SUNY Maritime

California

Mike Schaadt

Director, Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

New Jersey

Lisa Auermuller

Watershed / Outreach Coordinator, Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve

New Jersey

Tony MacDonald

Director, Monmouth University Urban Coast Institute

"Bridging science and policy to enhance the quality of life for future generations"
Massachusetts

Kevin Stokesbury, Ph.D.

Chair Department of Fisheries Oceanography, School for Marine Science and Technology, University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth

"Science for the ocean economy"
Maine

Kate Williams

Wildlife and Renewable Energy Program Director, Biodiversity Research Institute

"Improving our understanding of ocean wildlife"

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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