Supporter

Jason Busch

Executive Director, OWET

‘The oceans are sort of like the open federal lands of the west.  Once upon a time, it seemed like there was always another valley, another river, another hillside of trees; always more resources and opportunities.  Of course, now we know that’s not true.  And now our oceans face the same potential for overuse and degradation through neglect and lack of planning.  If we are to preserve the long term value and quality of our oceans, then we cannot treat them as an afterthought.  New uses, such as safe, emissions-free ocean energy from waves and tides must be integrated in a way that is respectful of the ocean and its users.  At the same time, as society’s needs change, we must recognize that these new uses have a place in our ocean, and historical uses that are harmful or inconsistent with modern needs must evolve or be eliminated.  That’s why holistic, ecosystem-based planning and management are so important today.’

 

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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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