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Marine Spatial Planning

Marine Spatial Planning
The distribution of seabirds is one of many factors New York as they were planning an offshore wind farm. The intent of marine spatial planning is to provide states the information they need to balance human activities with naturalocean resources.

Marine spatial planning brings together multiple users of the ocean, including energy, industry, government, conservation and recreation, to make informed and coordinated decisions about how to use marine resources. Our ecological characterizations, biogeographic assessments, maps, and other products are used to create a comprehensive picture of the area of interest. They provide a common understanding of how an ocean area is being used and what natural resources and habitat exist.

We are supporting coastal and marine spatial planning by federal agencies, states and local communities across the U.S. We recently helped the state of New York identify which of the proposed sites for a wind energy project would have the least impact on seabird populations. We also helped meet state and territory marine spatial planning needs in the US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Guam, Georgia, and Massachusetts.