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Kate Williams

Wildlife and Renewable Energy Program Director, Biodiversity Research Institute

‘As a wildlife biologist, my work is focused on developing a better understanding of wildlife and their habitats, and making this information available to resource managers and decision makers. Often, human activities have unintended consequences on the natural world. Ocean planning allows information on wildlife and their habitat use to be incorporated into decision making alongside other considerations, which is key for maintaining healthy ecosystems.’

 

Learn more about Kate and the Biodiversity Research Institute.


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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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