Social Indicators Workshops & Marine Resources Committee Meetings

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Join the Grays Harbor Marine Resources Committee meeting for a presentation from and discussion hosted by Washington Sea Grant’s social scientist, Melissa Poe. When/Where: April 14 at the Grays Harbor Marine Resources Committee Meeting at 3:30pm. What: Learn about the human well-being assessment project methods. Discuss the draft conceptual model results for Grays Harbor County,… Read more »

How Much Money do Washington Residents Spend on Recreation?

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The Surfrider Foundations’ Washington Policy Manager, Gus Gates, will present the results of the Surfrider and Point 97 project to collect a baseline characterization of coastal and ocean recreational use patterns. The recreational use survey polled coastal and ocean recreation users to summarize the intensity of specific recreational activities along the Washington coast. The results… Read more »

Q & A: What are some of the lessons learned from other planning processes?

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Q: What are some of the lessons learned from other planning processes? A: In 2009, an international workshop hosted by The Nature Conservancy documented the best practices for healthy ocean planning. Since then, many more lessons have been learned within different regions of the country. Ocean planning best practices include: Using existing boundaries that cover… Read more »

Q & A: It seems like there should be other fishing data available on the map viewer. Why don’t I see it there?

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Q: It seems like there should be other fishing data available on the map viewer. Why don’t I see it there? A: To protect the livelihood of commercial fishers providing the information. Washington State Law exempts some commercial fishing data from public disclosure if the release of the data would result in an unfair disadvantage… 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 »

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 »