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Ocean Planners Gather At URI For Annual Public Meeting

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Ocean planners from near and far will gather for the annual Ronald C. Baird Sea Grant Science Symposium at the University of Rhode Island’s Bay Campus...

Ocean planners from near and far will gather for the annual Ronald C. Baird Sea Grant Science Symposium at the University of Rhode Island’s Bay Campus to exchange ideas about how to continue to share the ocean.

To help communities make informed and coordinated decisions about using and protecting ocean space, coastal and ocean planners rely a lot on the feedback of others.

Jenn McCann, director of U.S. Coastal Programs at URI’s Coastal Resource Center, considers the planning for the Block Island Wind Farm a good example.

“It’s a process that requires science that requires developing good and strong relationships with the people of the place who depend on these resources,” said McCann. “How do I get stakeholders (the fishermen, the marine trade, the communities, the unions, the tribes) to continue to engage in a planning effort?”

McCann says ocean planners also want to learn how to keep people involved when plans are put in action. Those are some of the topics the symposium will touch on.

The all-day meeting will be streamed live for residents who weren’t able to register but want to listen and share input.

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Coastal and ocean planners remark that Rhode Island's Ocean Special Area Management Plan was key to bringing stakeholders together to plan construction of the Block Island Wind Farm.
Coastal and ocean planners remark that Rhode Island's Ocean Special Area Management Plan was key to bringing stakeholders together to plan construction of the Block Island Wind Farm.