Case Studies

Real world examples that highlight how ocean planning is helping people and government do their jobs better.


"How data helped establish the first offshore mussel farm in the federal waters of the Atlantic."

Block Island Wind

"Ocean planning helps make U.S. offshore wind a reality"

Cape Cod Buoy

"Comprehensive data of ocean users helped find the best site for a new wave-monitoring buoy to aid safety at sea."

Citizen Science

"Citizen scientists share their data on whales and other marine mammals around New York Harbor to help make informed decisions and protect wildlife."

Communities at Sea

"For the first time, ocean users can link important information like critical fishing grounds and home ports to reduce conflict and maximize benefits for one of America’s greatest natural resources. "

Submarine Cables

"Ocean planning helps Martha's Vineyard stay on the grid"

United States Coast Guard

"Easily accessible shipping data on regional data portals is cutting risks and reducing conflict among ocean users"

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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