Supporter

John Henshaw

Executive Director, Maine Port Authority

‘It is the mission of the Maine Port Authority to improve the global competitiveness of Maine businesses by developing and operating marine and rail facilities, in a responsible fashion, for the intermodal movement of people and cargo.  Our responsibilities extend the length of Maine’s nearly 3,500 mile coastline that hosts a myriad of uses.  The future success of our state’s commercial maritime endeavors is dependent on the intelligent planning and coordination of multiple uses and users of our shared ocean resource.  Future economic prosperity will be closely linked to developing a comprehensive management plan capable of offering guidance for all disparate uses requiring access to the ocean.  Whether this is fishing, aquaculture, renewable energy, shipping, or recreation, opportunities abound, however careful planning is required to ensure development progresses sustainably.

 

Currently, Maine is growing its dynamic portfolio of maritime activities in a number of different areas.  These include the development of renewable energy in the form of tidal power and offshore wind, the expansion of international and domestic shipping infrastructure and capacities, the utilization of innovative fishing and aquaculture methodologies, and modernized support of ocean-based tourism. Now more than ever, intelligent and collaborative ocean planning is needed to build upon Maine’s rich history in maritime commerce while protecting the ocean and its resources for future generations.’


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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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