Supporter

Chris Mayo

Wells Harbor Master

‘As a Harbor Master, I deal directly with ocean planning on a micro scale. I tend to a harbor facility that is in the middle of a highly valued and protected ecosystem and I have to continually balance the needs of the people using the harbor with the protection of the surrounding marsh and ocean. Wells Harbor is a snapshot of the broader picture, which is the interactions and impacts of humanity upon the natural resource which is our oceans. Large scale ocean planning is the macro to my micro, but the intent to preserve and protect while at the same time utilizing and making advantageous use of the resource remains a constant. Across the board, from locally to statewide to regionally and globally, ocean planning impacts range from shipping and commerce to commercial fishing, bird watching to waterfront development and everything in between. The need to promote sustainable and responsible growth, while maintaining a commitment to the environment is paramount, and ocean planning is the key.’


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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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