Marine Spatial Planning in US Waters
Publication Date: December 2009
Publisher(s): Environmental Law Institute
Keywords: ecosystem-based management; Marine spatial planning; ocean coastal law
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.