RELATED ECOLOGY PROGRAMS
Marine Spatial Planning Overview
Please check out our new marine spatial planning website at: www.msp.wa.gov
Marine spatial planning (MSP) is a planning process that enables integrated, forward looking, and consistent decision making on the human uses of the sea. It can improve marine resource management by planning for human uses in locations that reduce conflict, increase certainty, and allow us to balance and maximize the social, economic, and ecological benefits we receive from ocean resources.
In March 2010, the state legislature enacted a marine spatial planning law to address resource use conflicts in Washington waters. In 2011, a report to the legislature and a workshop on human use data provided guidance for the marine spatial planning process. In 2012, the Governor amended the law to focus funding on mapping and ecosystem assessments for Washington’s Pacific Coast.
This year the legislature provided $2.1 million in funds to begin marine spatial planning off Washington’s coast. The funds are appropriated through the Washington Department of Natural Resources marine resources stewardship account with coordination among the State Ocean Caucus, the four Coastal Treaty Tribes, four coastal Marine Resource Committees and the newly formed stakeholder body, the Washington Coast Marine Advisory Council.
Marine Spatial Planning outreach meetings are being hosted by the coastal Marine Resource Committees. Current dates and locations are:
For more information, contact Casey Dennehy, Surfrider Foundation, email@example.com or 360.556.6509.
DNR Legislative Report
In September 2012, the Department of Natural Resources submitted a report to the state legislature on the current status of marine spatial planning and provided recommendations for future funding.
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