Supporter

Allyson Cavaretta

Director of Sales and Marketing, Meadowmere Resort

‘The tourism generated by Maine’s coastal habitat, including its beaches, is vital to Maine’s local businesses. Visitors consistently list ‘water activities’ and ‘going to the beach’ as a top reason to travel to the state.  Properly planning for the future of our ocean spaces will help ensure that our beaches are nourished and our coastal communities continue to thrive.’

 

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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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