Ocean Frontiers II Viewing on the Coast

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The Washington coastal premiere of Ocean Frontiers II: A New England Story for Sustaining the Sea brings audiences face-to-face with those now embarking on the nation’s first multi-state ocean plan. The film prominently features Rhode Island and is an inspiring story of citizens coming together to promote healthier economies and healthier seas across New England…. Read more »

Q & A: Would a marine renewable energy project be allowed within the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary?

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Q: Would a marine renewable energy project be allowed within the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary (OCNMS or Sanctuary)? A: Unlikely at this time. Marine renewable energy projects are not explicitly prohibited by sanctuary regulations, but project components that would disturb or place a constructed object on the seafloor would require a sanctuary permit. OCNMS… Read more »

Q & A: What does Washington seek to gain from the MSP process?

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Q: What does Washington seek to gain from the MSP process? A: Ocean planning can benefit a wide range of stakeholders and partners. Planning processes typically focus on identifying existing and emerging uses, reducing conflicts among users, reducing environmental impacts, and increasing coordination among state, tribal, and federal agencies. Washington expects to gain the following… Read more »

Q & A: The planning process identified many activities that occur in Washington’s marine waters. How will information about those activities be used in the planning process?

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Q: The planning process identified many activities that occur in Washington’s marine waters. How will information about those activities be used in the planning process? A: To avoid and minimize significant adverse impacts from potential future activities, current marine activities are identified, mapped, and researched throughout the planning process. An intent of the marine spatial… Read more »

Q & A: What state agencies are involved in the planning process and what is their role?

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Q: What state agencies are involved in the planning process and what is their role? A: A state law requires an interagency team of state natural resource agencies to develop a marine spatial plan. Washington is using an existing interagency team, the State Ocean Caucus, to conduct Marine Spatial Planning. The team is chaired by… Read more »

Where are forage fish spawning?

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The Department of Fish and Wildlife just released results from a monthly, two year survey of Washington’s outer coast which identifies forage fish spawning grounds. Results from each year were integrated to provide a comprehensive evaluation of all seasons. The study: Sampled 89% of possible spawning habitat on the outer coast, Documented 40 spawning sites,… Read more »

Q & A: What is the driving force behind MSP?

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Q: What is the driving force behind MSP? A: In 2010, Washington State Legislature adopted a state law for marine planning (RCW 43.372) in response to local and national-level issues. At the time, a number of local proposals for marine renewable energy projects raised concerns about the impacts to existing marine uses and the environment… Read more »

Q & A: Will the plan create new regulations?

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Q: Will the plan create new regulations? A: No, the plan will not create new regulations. The Marine Spatial Plan addresses the need for coordinated decision-making across entities by providing common information, analyses, and recommendations for potential uses that support decisions. It will also provide mechanisms for coordinating review of proposals and implementing the plan… Read more »

Q & A: Why was the study area chosen?

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Q: Why was the study area chosen? A: The selection of the study area for the Marine Spatial Plan was guided by the criteria recommended by NOAA for establishing coastal effects from federal activities to Washington’s coastal resources or uses. In particular, the study area: Is based on where potential new federal activities are technically… Read more »

Q & A: What new or expanded uses are being researched for the plan?

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Q: What new or expanded uses are being researched for the plan? A: The marine spatial plan will address the following five potential uses in Washington’s marine waters: Marine renewable energy such as offshore wind, wave, or tidal. Dredge disposal in new locations. Aquaculture in new locations including offshore. Mining or mineral extraction. Marine product… Read more »