Supporter

Capt. Stephen Roberts

Pilots’ Association for the Bay & River Delaware

‘Ships have been plying our coastal waters for centuries based on routes that evolved to be the safest for the crews and most efficient for the cargo. Likewise, our coastal fisheries have been established for generations, if not centuries. We are now seeing non-traditional uses, such as wind energy development, competing for the same waters.  It is absolutely imperative that all of us: maritime, energy and regulators work together to ensure the safety of our lives, the environment and the security of our industries.’

 

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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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