2012-09-20 / News

Movie will discuss ocean’s resources to generate new industries

In Rhode Island and around the country, coastal communities are working on plans to manage and sustain the ocean’s resources to generate new industries, support job creation, and provide food and services to an ever-increasing population.

A new short film, “America’s Ocean Economy: Challenges and Opportunities,” is the first in a series that explores the effort with ocean management practitioners from around the world. The film provides an overview of economic issues related to ocean planning.

Three additional films are scheduled to be released throughout the fall and will focus on ocean planning and offshore renewable energy, fisheries, and the environment.

“Globally, people share the same challenges associated with growing coastal populations and the pressures they are putting on ocean resources,” said Jennifer McCann, director of extension programs for Rhode Island Sea Grant. “Our hope is these films will crystalize for people how these challenges can also be economic opportunities for improving how we manage our oceans for this and future generations.”

“We want these pieces to show people how important it is that we work together to figure out how we want to manage ocean resources for the long-term,” said Grover Fugate, director of the Coastal Resources Management Council. “We are all dependent on the world’s oceans for food, income, transportation, and recreation, among other uses – and we need to make sure we can continue to turn to the water for these assets.”

The film series is part of Rhode Island’s effort to establish a model ocean planning program, and to help inform discussions about ocean planning in the Northeast. CRMC, with assistance from the University of Rhode Island and public input, developed the Rhode Island Ocean Special Area Management Plan.

In May, the Rhode Island team hosted an International Marine Spatial Planning Symposium that brought dozens of ocean planners and practitioners from around the world together to share their experiences and examine the field’s successes and difficulties.

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