Supporter

Lisa Auermuller

Watershed / Outreach Coordinator, Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve

‘Everyone loves the ocean.  It’s a place to relax, spend time with family, recreate and make a living.  The ocean holds countless wonders, untapped discoveries and seamless, unending potential.  But, collectively, our love and desires for all the “riches” that come from the ocean can put a strain on the resources and cause conflicts with overlapping ocean uses.  Ocean planning is a process by which people who have any stake in the ocean can have their collective voices heard.  Ocean planning provides a platform for those that care about the ocean to ensure that their values are heard and considered.

 

The mission of the Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve is to improve the management of New Jersey coastal environments and communities through science, education and stewardship.  Ocean planning – though understanding stakeholders’ concerns and priorities –  is one such way to improve the management of our coastal areas.’


 

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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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