Supporter

Bobby Clinton III

Port Compliance Director, McAllister Towing of Virginia

‘Living and working in and around the Atlantic Ocean comes with great responsibility.  Balancing the needs of waterborne commerce, military needs, recreational enthusiasts, and wind farms makes the need for prudent ocean planning a necessity. Add to this, protecting the planet’s most important resource, our environment. As members of the maritime industries, it is our legacy to help renew and protect the oceans and waterways of our planet. The goal is to leave our world a better place than we found it, for future generations to enjoy and prosper. Recycling, higher environmental standards and constant ocean spatial planning, will be our tools. Balance is everything!’

 

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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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