Supporter

Brian Marcaurelle

Program Director, Maine Island Trail Association

‘The Maine Island Trail is a water trail spanning over 200 islands and coastal sites along the 375 miles of the coast of Maine. The Maine Island Trail Association has over 4,000 members from 47 different states, who are dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the wild islands of coastal Maine. We value healthy coastal ecosystems that safeguard the quality of the experience along the Trail as well as accessibility for recreational users. Ocean planning works to protect these vales that are so important to our members.

 

Maine’s coast is an economic driver for the state and its coastal communities. Potential emerging uses such as offshore wind development and sand mining for beach nourishment, coupled with increased traditional uses such as shipping and commercial fishing create the potential for conflicts that could negatively impact the environmental and recreational assets that MITA and the tourism industry rely on.  Regional ocean planning ensures that there is an appropriate balance between conservation of scenic beauty and economic opportunity along our coasts.’


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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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