Ocean Science and Engineering Presents, Dr. Grover Fugate, Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC)
Untangling the Mess with Marine Spatial Planning
In 2010, the Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC) adopted the Ocean Special Area Management Plan (Ocean SAMP), as a comprehensive set of regulations outlining Rhode Island's process for ensuring the management and protection of its ocean resources and activities, going offshore 30 miles into the Outer Continental Shelf waters.
The plan gave the state a comprehensive regulatory plan for its ocean waters that reflects exceptional science, rigorous yet flexible policies, and extensive public participation—a plan that would give Rhode Islanders a significant role in determining how the state’s offshore waters should be developed, or simply be left alone.
The project seemed daunting. In two years—a short time frame, as coastal and ocean planning goes—we would try as fully as possible to understand how the ocean waters off of Rhode Island are already being used by people and wildlife, develop regulations to minimize conflict between uses, determine where offshore renewable energy should be sited and managed, and gain public approval and buy-in for the process and its future goals.
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