Coastal Marine Advisory Council to Unveil New Website and Elect Tourism Rep. at Aberdeen Meeting

Marine spatial planning is an approach adopted by the Washington Legislature to reduce conflicts among ocean uses and balance the benefits humans receive from the ocean while decreasing human-caused environmental damage.

Marine spatial planning collects, interprets and uses data to develop a plan that balances the needs and goals of the broader public, economy and marine environment. The planning process brings together multiple users of Washington’s coastal resources to make informed and coordinated decisions about how to use marine resources sustainably.

The council meets four to six times a year and members represent a wide array of coastal and ocean interests including county-based Marine Resources Committees, commercial and recreational fishing, shellfish aquaculture, conservation, economic development, education, local citizens, ports, scientific research and maritime shipping.