When:
October 5, 2017 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
2017-10-05T18:30:00-04:00
2017-10-05T20:30:00-04:00
Where:
South Coastal Public Library at Bethany Beach
43 Kent Ave
Bethany Beach, DE 19930
USA
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Kevin Hassell

You are invited to a workshop hosted by MARCO and Surfrider Foundation, on behalf of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Planning Body’s No-consumptive Recreation Work Group, to engage the public in a discussion of the value of important non-consumptive recreational areas and the activities they sustain. Pizza and beverages will be served.

 

The Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean (MARCO) and Surfrider Foundation are co-hosting a series of four workshops throughout the Mid-Atlantic region to convene ocean recreational users to provide input to the Mid-Atlantic Regional Planning Body’s Non-Consumptive Recreation Work Group.  Workshops are being conducted in support of implementation of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Ocean Action Plan action: Identify, characterize, and share information about measures to maintain the recreational value of important non-consumptive recreational areas and the activities they sustain.

 

Workshop objectives:

 

  • To begin to define what it would mean for ocean and coastal uses and areas to be considered important for non-consumptive recreation;
  • To solicit ideas for a process to identify and assess potential impacts and use conflicts to important non-consumptive recreational uses from other human uses, as well as potential impacts and conflicts between non-consumptive recreational uses and marine and coastal resources; and
  • To explore ideas for effective two-way engagement processes to share information with and solicit input from ocean recreation users.

 

Please pre-register to make sure there is enough pizza!

 

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/non-consumptive-recreation-public-workshop-delaware-and-maryland-tickets-37325559754

 

For more information about the agenda (below), please contact: Kevin Hassell at: kevin.hassell@dep.nj.gov

 

For more information about registration, please contact: Judy Tucker at: jtucker@midatlanticocean.org

 

Agenda:

6:30 – 6:40 pm                Welcome Remarks and Introductions   

6:40 – 6:55 pm                Overview of Mid-Atlantic Non-consumptive Recreation Use survey

6:55 – 7:00 pm                Discussion Overview

7:00 – 7:10 pm                Break

7:10 – 7:40 pm                Discussion Session

                                           Defining important areas

  • What factors should be considered when defining an area as important for non-consumptive recreation? (examples from OAP include: intensity of use, contributions to local economies, maintaining dark skies and natural sounds).
  • Can these factors be prioritized? (Prioritize list developed by participants either through show of hands plenary discussion or sticky dot voting on flip charts around room)
  • Does the Mid-Atlantic Ocean Data Portal cover these factors adequately? If not, where could we get that information?

7:40 – 8:10 pm                Discussion Session

                                           Identifying potential impacts and use conflicts

  • How can we further identify and assess potential impacts and use conflicts to important non-consumptive recreational uses from other human uses (also other recreational uses)?
  • How can we further identify potential impacts and conflicts between non-consumptive recreational uses and marine and coastal resources?
  • Can these conflicts and impacts be prioritized?

8:10 – 8:30 pm                Discussion Session

Developing effective engagement

  • What do you see as the current barriers to effective two-way engagement processes where state and federal agencies are sharing information with and soliciting input from ocean recreation users?
  • What is working/not working now?
  • How can we improve engagement?
  • Do other models exist?

8:30 – 8:35 pm                Closing Remarks and Next Steps

8:35 pm                            Adjourn