Marine Spatial Planning in US Waters

Publication Date: December 2009

Publisher: Environmental Law Institute

Author(s): Kathryn Mengerink; Jay Austin; Jordan Diamond; Adam Schempp

Research Area: Environment; Law and ethics

Keywords: ecosystem-based management; Marine spatial planning; ocean coastal law

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


Marine spatial planning (MSP) has gained increasing international attention as a tool for implementing ecosystem-based management, reducing user conflicts, and ensuring the sustainable use of ocean and coastal resources. While the President' s Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force developed recommendations for a federal MSP framework, the Environmental Law Institute and Ocean Conservancy issued a review of federal ocean and coastal laws, identifying the obstacles and opportunities they present for federal MSP.