Supporter

Shelley Brown, PhD

Marine Scientist and Education Director, Sailors for the Sea

Sailors for the Sea is a leading conservation organization that engages, educates and activates the sailing and boating community toward the worldwide protection of the ocean. Through Clean Regattas, Kids Environmental Lesson Plans (KELP), Ocean Watch and the Green Boating Guide – Sailors for the Sea sends a vibrant message of hope and empowerment. These pragmatic, useful tools and programs enable boaters to take individual and collective action.

 

As recreational sailors and boaters, it is our duty to help keep our waterways clean and healthy for generations to come. And despite the fact that most boaters act independently of each other, it is important for the group as a whole to have a voice in ocean planning. In 2012, a survey authored by SeaPlan estimated that in the area between Maine and New York, recreational boaters accounted for almost 27,000 jobs and $3.5 billion in economic activity every year. An impact to recreational boating in this area could have a significant economic impact.

 

Over 40% of the ocean is strongly affected by humans in various ways, such as fishing and shipping. Recreational boaters need to be aware that the waters they rely upon are also being utilized by other people with different motives. Keeping up-to-date on who uses what part of the ocean and how is important knowledge to have as we adaptively learn to best conserve our ocean.’


 

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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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