May 11 meeting open to the public
The public is welcome to attend the Friday meeting and an agenda is available here. At the May 11 meeting, advisory group members will:
- Learn about and discuss ocean energy.
- Receive updates about agency activities.
- Provide input on marine spatial planning and other policy topics.
- Discuss the group’s operating procedures.
Local participation crucial
When it comes to coastal management issues, our coastal communities have important perspectives and knowledge to share. The advisory group is important because it provides a mechanism for improving state engagement with our coastal communities. The group gives them a stronger voice in critical issues affecting their communities.
For example, the 2012 Washington Legislature passed and Gov. Chris Gregoire approved $2.1 million in new state funding for supporting marine spatial planning for Washington’s Pacific Coast. This means the advisory group will have strong role in shaping projects and activities.
Advisory group represents broad range of interests
People on the advisory group represent a wide array of coastal and ocean interests, including:
- Each of the four coastal Marine Resource Committees
- Local citizens
- Economic development
- Shellfish aquaculture
- Commercial fishing
- Recreational fishing
- Science and research
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