‘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.’