Supporter

Richard Nelson

Lobsterman

‘We as fishermen, look at the ocean not only as our heritage, but our workplace. That which sustains her, sustains us and our communities. Maintaining the ocean’s resources as well as our access to them must be a shared goal with ocean planning, and I would hope to participate in, as well as help inform, the process. I see it as the closest thing to a single point source for fishermen to deal with multiple ocean issues and the onslaught of new ocean uses.’

 

Read more from Richard and watch this short clip where he is featured discussing the benefits of ocean planning.


 

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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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