Helen Henderson

Atlantic Coast Program Manager, American Littoral Society

‘For over 50 years, the American Littoral Society has empowered people to care for the coast through advocacy, conservation, and education and what better way is there to protect the coast we love other than ensuring we have holistic and resource based planning for the future?

The Society not only provides a voice for the coast, but also gives concerned citizens the knowledge and tools they need to raise their voices with us and ocean planning provides the opportunity to participate in protecting and conserving our natural resources without creating new laws or regulations.
Our National Ocean Policy provided the blueprint that brought together all the state and federal agencies with existing authority to protect and manage our ocean and coastal resources. That initiative comes to life through the collaborative ocean planning process which facilitates the necessary blending of scientific data, economics and user interests to create the opportunity for us all to have a voice about where and what ultimately happens in the ocean.

We support the planning process so all stakeholders can work collaboratively and ensure we protect and conserve our ocean while considering demands for new energy sources, cables for information technology, shipping, and aquaculture alongside traditional uses like fishing, boating, or simple beach going and coast-loving recreational activities.

By planning together we are creating a new pathway that will promote a healthy ocean and protected wildlife and habitats, sustainability and good stewardship while considering competing uses so we all can continue to enjoy the benefits the ocean provides us.’




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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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