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Aquaculture scientists, extension agents, consultants and farmers offer this session and training workshop to the participants of Aquaculture American 2012 to give them tools to work with their communities and implemented CMSP in their region.

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COEXISTPROJECT - All Day Session - 8:30AM-5:00PM - Thursday, Mar 1, Aquaculture America 2012

Coastal Marine Spatial Planning for sustainable US coastal development

Session Chairs: Peter Becker & Tetsuzan Benny Ron


 The US imports 80-85% of its seafood resulting in a $10.6 billion trade deficit in 2010. More than half of that seafood comes from foreign aquaculture production, but aquaculture as a commodity is not covered under World Trade Organization rules. As a result, current foreign sources of aquaculture based seafood cannot be relied on in the future. Domestic aquaculture production is the only assurance we have of a reliable domestic seafood supply and assured seafood trade.

Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning (CMSP), it is one of nine strategic actions of the federal government’s new National Ocean Policy. CMSP has been promoted by the federal government to address current and future uses of our coasts and marine environment. Among the future uses supported by the federal government are offshore energy and aquaculture to offset our dependence on foreign sources of both.

While the federal government works out the details of the National Ocean Policy strategic action plans and the Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning (CMSP), we as aquaculture scientists, extension agents, consultants and farmer believe it is time to offer this session and training workshop to the participants of the Aquaculture American 2012 in order to elevate their awareness and give them tools to train their own to communities so that they will be prepared when the Regional Planning Body is created and CMSP is implemented in their region.

On the East and West Coast of the U.S. Continent, several attempts were made to bring aquaculture development forward in the recent past with varying degrees of success. Some have resulted in net loss of capacity but several more in expanded capability and new, community supported aquaculture development.  Also, the rapidly developing West Coast offshore renewable energy industry has canvassed coastal communities and found joint aquaculture/energy development was seen as a positive thing at the community level. Finally, Involving Indigenous Americans in West Coast states with the coastal community economic development that will come with sustainable aquaculture will follow the goal of advancing technology transfer for green jobs and is a primary goal of the COEXISTPROJECT.

In the Pacific, while indigenous island peoples are not “federally recognized tribes,” we are advocating that they have a seat at the table at the national and regional levels and not just be offered a mechanism for engagement in the CMSP process and the other National Ocean Policy strategic action plans. We also wish to bring about awareness and send a call to initiate training in the sub-regional planning bodies and sub-regional CMSP plans for the US Pacific Islands, as our island areas are geographically, culturally and socially distinct and separated.

             Aquaculture Hub and the Pacific Aquaculture Caucus, Inc. have brought together speakers from the European Union and North America, already involved in the Coastal Marine Spatial Planning process in their regions in COEXISTPROJECT.US to address what works and what doesn’t. This will be an all day practical, hands on training session on Thursday, March 1 at Aquaculture America 2012 in Las Vegas, NV. Come share with us in learning the art and science of the process of developing effective Coastal Marine Spatial Planning in your communities. 



The History of Aquaculture: CMSP, Culture and Farming

Peter Becker, Pacific Aquaculture Caucus Inc., USA


What Adaptive Management Can Offer Aquaculture

Jeremy Gault, University College, Cork, Ireland


The History of Political-Economic Interaction with Aquaculture

Gunnar Knapp, University of Alaska, Anchorage, AK USA


Visioning the Future of a Defunct Pulp Mill in Humboldt Bay, CA as

a Community Supported and Jobs Producing Aquaculture Innovation Center

Erika Guevara Blackwell, Humboldt Abalone, Eureka, CA USA


Lessons Learned regarding Ocean Use, Sharing Space and Place in the US West

Flaxen Conway, COAS, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR USA


Integrating Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) Into The Ecosystem-Based Management Of Coastal Aquaculture – Challenges and Opportunities,

Stephen F. Cross, Coastal Aquaculture Research &Training Network, University Of Victoria, BC, Canada


A National Perspective On Aquaculture – NOAA’S Aquaculture Policy

Alan Everson, National Marine Fisheries Service


Maritime Spatial Planning in Europe: Experiences from Sectors and Sites

Anne Marie O’Hagen, University College Cork, Ireland


COEXIST: Interaction In Coastal Waters:

A roadmap To Sustainable Integration

Of Aquaculture And Fisheries In Europe

Gavin Burnell, University College Cork, Ireland.


US: East Coast: Case study:  MD Oyster Aquaculture Project

Donald Webster, University of Maryland, Queenstown, MD, USA


U.S.: Alaska – Case study: Community Spatial Planning based

shellfish aquaculture programs

Ray RaLonde, University of Alaska, Fairbanks, AK, USA


US: Western Pacific - Visioning the future of aquaculture in Hawaiʻi

Tetsuzan Benny Ron, Malia Chow, Joseph Paulin, Donna Ching

University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, Honolulu, HI, USA


Afternoon Session - 2:00 PM

Merging Mapping and Modeling: A free online decision tool for marine aquaculture

Tessa Getchis, Cary Chadwick, Kristin Frank and David Carey

Connecticut Sea Grant, University of Connecticut

Stakeholder engagement in aquaculture planning:  hands on practice training sessions and techniques in small groups.

Tetsuzan Benny Ron, Donna Ching, Malia Chow and Joseph Paulin

University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, Honolulu, HI, USA


Join us in creating the future for coastal aquaculture in the USA.


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Comment by Dr. Tetsuzan Benny Ron on June 27, 2015 at 5:35pm

As Fish Stocks Dwindle, So Do The Livelihoods Of Greek Fishermen

Comment by Dr. Tetsuzan Benny Ron on June 4, 2014 at 10:50pm

Comment by Dr. Tetsuzan Benny Ron on October 9, 2012 at 7:57pm

Feature Article:

Using GIS to Improve Coastal Marine Spatial Planning: Building Community-Based CMSP Programs with GIS Maps of Local and Regional Coastal Usage Patterns

GIS for Coastal Marine Spatial Planning.pdf 1.3 MB

Comment by Peter Becker on February 9, 2012 at 7:51am

Comment by Peter Becker on February 1, 2012 at 10:22am

COEXISTPROJECT.US will extend as far as good will in communities permits.  Coastal Marine Spatial Planning is a key to gaining social license and acceptance, but not the only key. In many coastal communities, raw economics (eg. the switch to privatization of tidelands in Maryland due to rampant poaching and over fishing) has been the driver. COEXISTPROJECT.US is US wide, the successes are mostly west coast to date...but not totally. Come to AA2012 and join with us to learn.

Comment by Dr. Tetsuzan Benny Ron on January 26, 2012 at 1:53pm

Gregory Colbert has used both still and movie cameras to explore extraordinary interactions between humans and animals. His exhibition, Ashes and Snow, consists of over 50 large-scale photographic artworks, a 60-minute film, and two 9-minute film haikus.

This excerpt is entitled Feather to Fire, and is narrated in three languages by Laurence Fishburne (English), Ken Watanabe (Japanese), and Enrique Rocha (Spanish).

More information about Gregory Colbert and Ashes and Snow is available at

Comment by Honeylette Conol on December 23, 2011 at 3:11am

I would like to know the delimitation of the project, whether it extends up to the Pacific rim or only in the West coast and other US territories. 

Comment by Peter Becker on September 13, 2011 at 5:51am


EXISTPROJECT follows closely on the successful and well funded COEXISTPROJECT.EU and SEAFAREPROJECT.EU programs. With the Pacific Aquaculture Caucus inc. (, we are developing a pathway and template to assist all stakeholders in  a shared vision of the future of the coastal zones of the West coast and the rest of the US with the important role of aquaculture as a food provider, along with fisheries, for the 21st century.


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