Thanks to everyone who came out to the SOLD-OUT Expert Briefing on Abandoned Vessels today!
And, an extra Thank you to our fantastic expert speakers, and to the Port of Oakland for the great venue.
Click HERE to visit the Briefing webpage and check out the informative Power Point slides from all four of our expert panelists.
Considering the strong interest among our community and membership in this important issue, and the large volume of information and perspectives on the problem of abandoned vessels, we will plan on doing a follow-up briefing, likely focusing on abandoned vessels-related enforcement issues, later this spring. Contact us if you’d like to provide any input on that!
Ocean Planning: How Will It Affect YOU?
Ocean planning is intended to improve understanding of how ocean resources and places are currently being used, managed and conserved, and to establish a broad vision that will guide the actions that need to be taken to address shared priorities. This planning is intended to guide resource conservation while supporting a growing number of uses vying for ocean resources and space.
Ocean Planning means collaborative foresight and long-range design for the balanced use and protection of the ocean’s vast resources. It means balancing the interests of the maritime shipping industry, the fishing industry, aquaculture, off-shore energy developers, recreational users, marine conservation, and more.
Ocean Planning incorporates Marine Spatial Planning, defined by UNESCO as a public process of analyzing and allocating the spatial and temporal distribution of human activities in marine areas to achieve ecological, economic, and social objectives that usually have been specified through a political process. Characteristics of marine spatial planning include ecosystem-based, area-based, integrated, adaptive, strategic and participatory.
Ocean Planning will have impacts on shipping lanes, shipping speeds, ship maneuvering and navigation, and ship fuel usage. It will thus likely have an impact on the maritime economy of the Bay Area and greater West Coast.