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Beth Casoni

Executive Director, Massachusetts Lobsterman's Association

‘The need for maintaining a healthy marine resource such as the lobster fishery requires the management of the total ecosystem. My familiarity and involvement with the commercial lobster fishing industry has led me to understand that we need to manage our resources wisely and conserve them in conjunction with using them sustainably. Lobsters are one component of a complex marine environment. Therefore, maintaining a healthy population includes considering not only fisheries management but also issues such as habitat, dredged material disposal, pollution and warmer water temperatures, etc. In my experience the best tool to take the necessary holistic approach and involve all the stakeholders is smart ocean planning.’

 

Visit the Massachusetts Lobstermen’s Association’s website to learn more.


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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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