Bay Planning Coalition is kicking off the 2014 Workshop Series with an event you won’t want to miss!
How will it affect you?
Ocean Planning means collaborative foresight and long-range design for the balanced use and protection of the ocean’s vast resources.
Ocean Planning means balancing the interests of the maritime shipping industry, the fishing industry, off-shore energy developers, recreational users, marine conservationists, 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.
While Ocean Planning is vitally important to protecting the health of our oceans and the viability of industries that depend on ocean resources, it can also mean increased restrictions and regulations, with potential impacts on maritime trade and the wider economy.
Join us at the beautiful Aquarium of the Bay on Wednesday, February 12, from 8:30 am – 12:30 pm, to hear from regional and national experts on:
- Maritime Commerce in the Bay Area and California – Issues and Trends
- What is Ocean Planning and What Does it Look Like on the West Coast?
- Possible Implications of Ocean Planning on Maritime Commerce – Challenges and Opportunities
- Lessons Learned from Other Ocean Planning Experiences
Distinguished speakers and panelists will include:
John Stein, Director- Northwest Fisheries Science Center, NOAA
Michael Jones, President, The Maritime Alliance
Cat Kuhlman, Executive Director, Ocean Protection Council
John Berge, Vice President, Pacific Merchant Shipping Association
Leslie Abramson, Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary
Commander Jason Tama, Prevention Department Chief, US Coast Guard – Sector San Francisco
Eric Poncelet, Senior Director, Kearns & West
Richard Sinkoff, Director of Environmental Programs and Planning, Port of Oakland