TMA Spotlights Marine Spatial Planning Report
Thursday, March 06, 2014
MSP Report Cover: Image courtesy of TMA

TMA Foundation informs of the release of a report 'Marine Spatial Planning in San Diego & Stakeholder Overview', written by a team of graduate students from UCSD School of International Relations & Pacific Studies. 

According to the introduction to the report, Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) is a comprehensive, integrated process that seeks to maximize the efficient use of marine resources by ocean users in industry, government, conservation, energy, and recreation. It is a process designed to improve decision- making and provide a framework for arbitrating between competing human activities, and then to manage the impact of these activities on the
marine environment. MSP ultimately leads to Marine Spatial Management (MSM), an on-going process of dealing with ocean dynamics, which vary far more than changes on land. The study is focused solely on the MSP process.

As the Executive Summary concludes: "We hope that the report will serve two principal objectives. First, we strive to provide insight into MSP's potential implications for a subset of existing and future ocean users. This subset includes interviewees in aquaculture, coastal tourism & recreation, energy, marine agriculture, and water.

Second, we endeavor to further an inclusive decision-making process, which involves all stakeholders in the San Diego community. We hope that by producing this report, we can both educate readers about the potential benefits of MSP, as well as give voice to stakeholder opinions and concerns."

The full report (PDF) is at:


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